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Should the Private Sector Provide Public Capital?

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  • Santanu Chatterjee

    (University of Georgia)

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The choice between private and government provision of a productive public good like infrastructure (public capital) is examined in the context of an endogenously growing open economy. The accumulation of public capital need not require government provision, in contrast to the standard assumption in the literature. Even with an efficient government, the relative costs and benefits of government and private provision depend crucially on the economy’s underlying structural conditions, borrowing constraints in international capital markets, and installation costs. Countries with limited substitution possibilities and large production externalities may benefit from governments encouraging private provision of public capital through targeted investment subsidies. On the other hand, countries with flexible substitution possibilities and relatively smaller externalities may benefit either from governments directly providing public capital, or from regulation of private providers. The transitional dynamics are also shown to depend on the underlying elasticity of substitution and the size of the production externality

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  • Santanu Chatterjee, 2006. "Should the Private Sector Provide Public Capital?," Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 92, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecfa:92
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    1. Giulia FELICE, 2009. "Size and composition of public investment, structural change and growth," Departmental Working Papers 2009-28, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano, revised 27 Dec 2011.
    2. Mihaela Pintea & Stephen Turnovsky, 2006. "Congestion and Fiscal Policy in a Two-Sector Economy with Public Capital: A Quantitative Assessment," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 28(2), pages 177-209, September.
    3. Chatterjee, Santanu & Mahbub Morshed, A.K.M., 2011. "Infrastructure provision and macroeconomic performance," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 35(8), pages 1288-1306, August.
    4. Chatterjee, Santanu & Mahbub Morshed, A.K.M., 2011. "Reprint to: Infrastructure provision and macroeconomic performance," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 35(9), pages 1405-1423, September.

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    Keywords

    Public Capital; Private Provision; Infrastructure Provision; Subsidies; Distortionary Taxation;

    JEL classification:

    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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