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Public Infrastructure, Education, and Economic Growth: Region-Specific Complementarity in a Half-Century Panel of States

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  • Stone, Joe
  • Bania, Neil
  • Gray, Jo Anna

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We find region-specific complementarity between investments in public infrastructure and education, both k-12 and postsecondary. The complementarity helps to explain how regions capture returns to investments in education even when residents are mobile, and is strong enough for the effect of tax-financed expenditures on either public infrastructure or education to be significantly positive when spending on the other is high, even though the independent effect of either one is negative. Effects are identified using a recursive structure, very long lags, GMM-instrumental variables, and multiple controls for heterogeneity. Estimates are robust across identification strategies, estimators, and instruments.

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  • Stone, Joe & Bania, Neil & Gray, Jo Anna, 2010. "Public Infrastructure, Education, and Economic Growth: Region-Specific Complementarity in a Half-Century Panel of States," MPRA Paper 21745, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Abou-Ali, Hala & Abdelfattah, Yasmine M., 2013. "Integrated paradigm for sustainable development: A panel data study," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 334-342.
    2. Roberto Urrunaga & Sara Wong, 2015. "When the total is more than the sum of parts : infrastructure complementarities," Working Papers 15-09, Centro de Investigación, Universidad del Pacífico.
    3. Roberto Urrunaga & Sara Wong, 2015. "When the total is more than the sum of parts : infrastructure complementarities," Working Papers 15-09, Centro de Investigación, Universidad del Pacífico.
    4. Hallonsten, Jan Simon & Ziesemer, Thomas, 2016. "A semi-endogenous growth model for developing countries with public factors, imported capital goods, and limited export demand," MERIT Working Papers 004, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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    infrastructure; education complementarity economic growth;

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    • J00 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - General

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