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The impact of public investment on private investment spending in Latin America: 1980–95

  • Miguel Ramirez
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    This paper investigates the theoretical and empirical links between key economic variables and private spending in Latin America during 1980 to 1995. The empirical findings of this paper directly address the complementarity hypothesis which suggests that increases in public investment spending raise the marginal productivity of private capital, thereby inducing higher rates of private investment spending. This paper also addresses the issue of whether changes in the real exchange rate (expenditure-switching policies) have a deflationary effect on the economics of Latin America. The findings in this paper make an important contribution to the ongoing debate about which policies need to be promoted to raise and sustain the rate of private capital formation in Latin America—the region's future source of employment and income creation. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2000

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    Article provided by International Atlantic Economic Society in its journal Atlantic Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 210-225

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:28:y:2000:i:2:p:210-225
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