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Labour market effects of public capital stock: evidence for the Spanish private sector

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  • Xavier Raurich
  • Hector Sala
  • Valeri Sorolla

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This paper provides a new rationale for the positive effect of public capital stock on employment and wages. We show that higher levels of public capital reduce wages along the wage equation and enhance employment due to the resulting larger elasticity of labour demand with respect to wages. The estimation of a structural model for the Spanish private sector reveals that this wage channel is empirically relevant. We use the estimated parameters to simulate the recent incidence of the ratio of public to private capital stock on the private sector economic performance. We find (i) sizeable effects on employment, capital stock and gross domestic product, and (ii) that the wage channel is particularly important for employment.

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  • Xavier Raurich & Hector Sala & Valeri Sorolla, 2009. "Labour market effects of public capital stock: evidence for the Spanish private sector," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(1), pages 1-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:23:y:2009:i:1:p:1-18
    DOI: 10.1080/02692170802496828
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