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Accounting for Cross-Country Income Differences with Public Capital

  • German Cubas

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    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República. Banco Central del Uruguay.)

This paper offers new evidence on the sources of cross-country income differences by investigating the role public capital in development accounting. I explicitly measure private and public capital stocks, and I find large differences in both types of capital across countries. Moreover, differences in private capital are larger than the ones I find for total capital for the richest and poorest countries. The methodology I use implies a share of publica capital in output of at most 10%. My findings indicate that differences in capital stocks can not account for a substantial part of the observed dispersion in income across countries.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - dECON in its series Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) with number 3410.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:3410
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