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PRODUCTIVITY EFFECTS OF PUBLIC CAPITAL MAINTENANCE: EVIDENCE FROM U.S. STATES

Sarantis Kalyvitis () and Eugenia Vella

Economic Inquiry, 2015, vol. 53, issue 1, 72-90

Abstract: type="main" xml:id="ecin12136-abs-0001"> This article assesses the productivity effects of infrastructure operation and maintenance (O&M) spending by state and local governments in the 48 contiguous U.S. states over the period 1978–2000. We explicitly account for transboundary spillovers of capital and O&M spending and follow a semiparametric methodology that allows us to estimate state-specific output elasticities. We find strong evidence that in all 48 states the cross-state spillover effects of O&M outlays on productivity exceed their within-state impacts and are substantially higher than the spillover effects of capital expenditure. ( JEL C14, E22, E62, H76, O11, O47, R11)

Date: 2015
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