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Optimal endowments of public capital: An empirical analysis for the Spanish regions

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  • Oscar Bajo-Rubio
  • Carmen Diaz-Roldan

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Bajo-Rubio O. and Diaz-Roldan C. (2005) Optimal endowments of public capital: an empirical analysis for the Spanish regions, Regional Studies 39 , 297-304. Regional infrastructure policies, through increased public investment, are widely used to promote the development of poorer regions in European countries. This paper tries to find some evidence on the optimality in the provision of government capital for the case of the Spanish regions, 1965-95. To this end, a simple optimality condition is derived from an optimization growth model, namely, that marginal products of private and public capital should be equal. In this way, assuming that private capital was optimally provided, the results suggest that government capital would be under-provided in the more productive regions, unlike the less productive regions, where the opposite result would hold.

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  • Oscar Bajo-Rubio & Carmen Diaz-Roldan, 2005. "Optimal endowments of public capital: An empirical analysis for the Spanish regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(3), pages 297-304.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:39:y:2005:i:3:p:297-304
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400500086895
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    1. Jaime Alonso-Carrera & María Jesús Freire-Serén & Baltasar Manzano, 2004. "Rentabilidad social de la inversión pública española en infraestructuras," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 170(3), pages 81-103, september.
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    Keywords

    Economic growth; Government capital; Regions; Croissance economique; Fonds publics; Regions; Wirtschaftswachstum; Offentliche Mittel; Regionen; Crecimiento economico; Capital publico; Regiones; JEL classifications: E62; H54; O40;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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