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Efficiency or Equity? Determinants of Regional Allocation of Infrastructure Investment in the Republic of Korea

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  • Jongyearn Lee

    (KDI School of Public Policy and Management)

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We used a structural model to determine which aspects of efficiency and equity criteria were advocated in allocating investment in transportation infrastructure by region in the Republic of Korea during the period of 2001–2014. The estimation by the generalized method of moments indicated that the country’s regional allocation of public investment favored equity enhancement rather than efficiency gain. Empirical findings also include evidence of the substitutionary relationship between the investments by the central and regional governments, as well as the excess capital stock of transportation infrastructure compared with the optimum. The infrastructure needs and regional financial conditions had limited effects on the past allocation of investment. Political influence was exerted with respect to electoral productivity rather than partisanship.

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  • Jongyearn Lee, 2022. "Efficiency or Equity? Determinants of Regional Allocation of Infrastructure Investment in the Republic of Korea," Korean Economic Review, Korean Economic Association, vol. 38, pages 73-108.
  • Handle: RePEc:kea:keappr:ker-20220101-38-1-03
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    Keywords

    Equity–Efficiency Trade-off; Transportation Infrastructure; Public Investment; Political Economy;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • H72 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Budget and Expenditures
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior

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