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Is the impact of public investment neutral across the regional income distribution? Evidence from Mexico

  • Joan Costa Font
  • Eduardo Rodriguez Oreggia

    (Universitat de Barcelona)

This paper investigates the contribution of public investment to the reduction of regional inequalities, with a specific application to Mexico. We use quantile regressions to examine the impact of public investment on regional disparities according to the position of each region in the conditional distribution of regional income. Results confirm the hypothesis that regional inequalities can indeed be attributed to the regional distribution of public investment, where the observed pattern shows that public investment mainly helped to reduce regional inequalities between the richest regions.

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Paper provided by Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 113.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:bar:bedcje:2004113
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