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Infrastructure's contribution to aggregate output

  • Canning, David

Using panel data for a cross-section of countries, the author estimates an aggregate production function that includes infrastructure capital. He finds that: 1) The productivity of physical and human capital is close to the levels suggested by microeconomic evidence on their private returns. 2) Electricity generating capacity and transportation networks have roughly the same marginal productivity as capital as a whole. 3) Telephone networks appear to show higher marginal productivity than other types of capital. Panel data co-integration methods used in estimation take account of the non-stationary nature of the data, are robust to reverse causation, and allow for different levels of productivity and different short-run business-cycle and multiplier relationships across countries.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 2246.

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Date of creation: 30 Nov 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:2246
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