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How sensitive is the provision of public inputs to specifications?

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  • Diego Martinez Lopez

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

  • A. Jesus Sanchez Fuentes

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

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This paper studies the sensitivity of provision of public inputs to changes in the specification of technology and consumer preferences. We consider a simple model in which the government, with recourse to three different tax settings (a lump-sum tax, a tax on labour and a tax on economic profit), provides firms with certain productive services. We focus on the numerical results coming from the government optimization problem. We look at several specific cases in which the returns to scale in the production function emerges as a critical issue. Our …findings also address the impact of changes in output elasticity, in consumer preferences and in the number of households on the levels of public input and utility.

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  • Diego Martinez Lopez & A. Jesus Sanchez Fuentes, 2010. "How sensitive is the provision of public inputs to specifications?," Working Papers 10.04, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pab:wpaper:10.04
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    Keywords

    firm-augmenting public input; factor-augmenting public input; optimal provision;

    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate

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