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Linkages in the Construction Sector


  • Polenske, Karen R
  • Sivitanides, Petros


An important issue regarding the use of construction investment as a public policy tool is the magnitude of its contribution to growth and the nature of its interactions with the other sectors in the economy. Development planners have long used the concepts of backward and forward linkages to examine these interactions. None of the previous analysts, however, has concentrated on the construction sector. In this paper, we discuss the general nature of backward and forward linkages and their role in inducing economic development, present the most commonly used measures for quantifying and understanding the strength and nature of these linkages, and review estimates of backward linkages. In all countries for which estimates exist, we found that gross construction linkages are strong and that the economic impact of construction activities is relatively evenly dispersed over the sectors from which they obtain their inputs.

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  • Polenske, Karen R & Sivitanides, Petros, 1990. "Linkages in the Construction Sector," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 24(2), pages 147-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:24:y:1990:i:2:p:147-61

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    1. Rodger Campos & Joaquim Guilhoto, 2016. "The socioeconomic impacts of low income housing programs in São Paulo state, Brazil," ERSA conference papers ersa16p700, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Yu Song & Chunlu Liu & Craig Langston, 2006. "Extending construction linkage measures by the consideration of the impact of capital," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(11), pages 1207-1216.
    3. Yu Song & Chunlu Liu & Craig Langston, 2006. "Linkage measures of the construction sector using the hypothetical extraction method," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(6), pages 579-589.
    4. Bhattacharya, Tulika & Rajeev, Meenakshi, 2014. "Identifying the high linked sectors for India: An application of import adjusted domestic input-output matrix," Working Papers 329, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
    5. Chan Swee Lean, 2001. "Empirical tests to discern linkages between construction and other economic sectors in Singapore," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(4), pages 355-363.
    6. Rodger Barros Antunes Campos, 2016. "The Socioeconomic Impacts of Low Income Housing Programs in São Paulo State, Brazil," Working Papers, Department of Economics 2016_21, University of São Paulo (FEA-USP).

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