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The impact of infrastructure on productivity: new estimates for Québec

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  • Dorothée Boccanfuso

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    (Département d'Économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Marcelin Joanis

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    (Département de mathématiques et génie industriel, Polytechnique Montréal)

  • Mathieu Paquet

    (Département d'Économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Luc Savard

    ()

    (Département d'Économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

Since the works of Aschauer (1989a) and Munnell (1990), several authors have attempted to establish a relationship between public infrastructure spending and productivity or economic growth. In this paper, we use the dual approach to model the contribution of public spending in infrastructure in the province of Quebec, which is the same approach that was proposed by Harchaoui and Tarkhani (2003) and applied to the Canadian economy. We use Quebec economy data to measure the contribution of public capital to sectoral economic growth for the 1997-2002 period. Our results confirm a positive relationship between public capital and economic growth albeit of smaller magnitude than those estimated in Harchaoui and Tarkhani (2003).

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2015
Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:15-10
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