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What is infrastructure?

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: After having pointed out the diverse uses of the term "infrastructure" in the literature on the market-economy, the different categories of infrastructure will be described. The argument in this context is that the classification of infrastructure suggested by Jochimsen has proved useful: institutional, personal, and material infrastructure. On this basis a concept for the definition of infrastructure will be developed. The hitherto taken approach to understanding infrastructure, especially material infrastructure, mainly referring to the attributes of infrastructure, will be rejected. Rather it will be attempted to characterize infrastructure by its essential functions. We then may discuss the development-theoretic implications of infrastructure. Finally, infrastructure policy will be introduced in relation to institutional, material and personal infrastructure.

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  • Walter Buhr, 2003. "What is infrastructure?," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 107-03, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.
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    1. Walter Buhr, 2009. "Infrastructure of the Market Economy," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 132-09, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.
    2. Thomas Christiaans, 2003. "Non-Scale Growth, Endogenous Comparative Advantages, and Industrialization," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 113-03, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.
    3. Torrisi, Gianpiero, 2009. "A multilevel analysis on the economic impact of public infrastructure and corruption on Italian regions," MPRA Paper 15487, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Thomas Christiaans, 2003. "Aging in a Neoclassical Theory of Labor Demand," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 112-03, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.
    5. Torrisi, Gianpiero, 2009. "Public infrastructure: definition, classification and measurement issues," MPRA Paper 12990, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. repec:ura:ecregj:v:1:y:2017:i:3:p:777-788 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Institutional infrastructure; personal infrastructure; material infrastructure; functions of infrastructure; development theory; infrastructure policy;

    JEL classification:

    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • P10 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - General

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