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Manufacturing export performance and public capital: an analysis by country technology position

Rimvie Enoc Kabore ()
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Rimvie Enoc Kabore: LEDi - Laboratoire d'Economie de Dijon [Dijon] - UB - Université de Bourgogne - UBFC - Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté [COMUE]

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Abstract: The objective of this paper is to examine the relationship between public capital and manufacturing export performance. It also aims at investigating whether this relationship depends on the proximity of a country's technology frontier. To achieve this, we adopted a methodology that estimates the elasticities of public capital as a non-rival factor in a model that considers factor intensity as a mechanism of industrial development. We use an interaction model with panel data from 1999 to 2014 across 35 advanced and less advanced countries. Our results show that in countries far from the technology frontier, public capital accumulation is an element of industrial development as opposed to countries close to the technology frontier. The elasticity of public capital becomes more important in magnitude, particularly for African countries.

Keywords: proximity to the technological frontier; Public infrastructure; Comparative advantage; Manufacturing exports (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-10-04
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