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Public capital, regional productivity and spatial spillovers

  • Roberto Ezcurra
  • Carlos Gil
  • Pedro Pascual
  • Manuel Rapún


This paper examines the impact of infrastructure on productivity in the various regions of Spain. Using the duality approach and panel data, we estimate the regional cost functions for the three main sectors of the economy for the period 1964-1991. We also estimate a production, and two separate variables are used to establish whether the different categories of public capital have varying effects on costs. Results show that public infrastructure noticeably reduces private costs and increases overall productivity. Finally, there is a study of the existence of spillover effects in transport infrastructure. Estimations suggest that such effects are of some relevance, a fact which may have serious implications for public policy on infrastructure.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 39 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 471-494

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Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:39:y:2005:i:3:p:471-494
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