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Revisiting the optimal stationary public investment policy in endogenous growth economies

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  • Gustavo A. Marrero

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One strand of the literature on endogenous growth concerns models in which pub- lic infrastructure a¤ects the private production process. A puzzle in this literature is that observed public investment-to-output ratios for developed economies tend to fall short of theoretical model-based optimal ratios. We reexamine the optimal choice of public investment in a more general and plausible framework, which allows for a gradual transition between di¤erent steady states, a lower depreciation rate for public capital than for private capital, an elasticity of intertemporal substitution that di¤ers from unity and the need to nance a non-trivial share of public services in output in each period. Given other fundamentals in the economy, we show that the optimal public investment-to-output ratio is smaller for low-growth economies, for economies populated by consumers with low preferences for substituting consumption intertem- porally and when public capital is durable. Moreover, for a calibrated economy, we show that a combination of these factors solves the public investment puzzle.

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  • Gustavo A. Marrero, 2005. "Revisiting the optimal stationary public investment policy in endogenous growth economies," Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE 0509, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico.
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    Keywords

    Public investment; Stationary policy; Endogenous growth.;

    JEL classification:

    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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