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Working Paper 01-17 - Public Investment in Belgium - Current State and Economic Impact

Bernadette Biatour, Chantal Kegels, Jan van der Linden and Dirk Verwerft

Working Papers from Federal Planning Bureau, Belgium

Abstract: Belgian government investment, and specifically the part spent on infrastructure, is relatively low both in historical terms and compared to neighbouring countries. A simulation with the European Commission's Quest III model suggests that increasing government investment permanently by 0.5% of GDP leads to a growth in GDP, private consumption and private investment. The impact of alternative financing mechanisms is compared. Finally, a budget neutral shift of investment in favour of infrastructure is found to yield significant benefits in terms of GDP and its main components already in the medium run.

Keywords: Public investment; Infrastructure; Public finance; General equilibrium; Simulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E27 E62 H54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-01-26
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