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Roads on a downhill? Trends in EU infrastructure investment

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  • VALILA, Timo


    (European Investment Bank, Economic and Financial Studies)

  • Kozluk, Tomasz


    (European University Institute in Florence)

  • Mehrotra, Aaron


    (European University Institute in Florence)

This paper describes long-term trends in public investment and analyses their causes and consequences. This has been undertaken separately for the EU-15 and the new member countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, it assesses the significance of infrastructure finance through public-private partnerships, which are often portrayed as a substitute for traditional public procurement of infrastructure. The conclusion that emerges is that while public investment has been trending down in non-cohesion countries and while public-private partnerships are gaining popularity, the quantitative significance of these developments should not be exaggerated.

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Paper provided by European Investment Bank, Economics Department in its series EIB Papers with number 1/2005.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 06 Jun 2005
Handle: RePEc:ris:eibpap:2005_001
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