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INFRASTRUCTURE, LONG-RUN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND CAUSALITY TESTS FOR COINTEGRATED PANELS

David Canning and Peter Pedroni

Manchester School, 2008, vol. 76, issue 5, pages 504-527

Abstract: We investigate the consequences of various types of infrastructure provision in a panel of countries from 1950 to 1992. We develop new tests which enable us to isolate the sign and direction of long-run effects in a manner that is robust to the presence of unknown heterogeneous short-run causal relationships. We show that while infrastructure does tend to cause long-run economic growth, there is substantial variation across countries. We also provide evidence that each infrastructure type is provided at close to the growth-maximizing level on average globally, but is under-supplied in some countries and over-supplied in others. Copyright © 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester.

Date: 2008
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