Recent attention given to the serious deterioration of the U.S. national public infrastructure (PI) raises the question of whether public capital significantly affects economic development. Local policymakers and researchers concerned with regional issues have claimed for years that PI investment is one of the primary means to implement a strategy of regional growth. The purpose of this paper is to summarize previous work that has examined the effect of PI on various types of economic activity at the state and local levels. Section I defines PI and discusses various ways to measure it that are useful for analytical purposes. Section II examines the effects of PI on regional growth through theoretical and empirical frameworks. Section III raises the issue of whether the observed effect of PI on regional growth results from its effect on productivity or from its effect on factors of production. Section IV examines the effect of PI on household location decisions. Lastly, the causation of public and private investment is discussed in Section V. The paper concludes with an overall assessment of the relationship between PI and regional growth.

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    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

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  • Authors:
    • Eberts, R W
  • Publication Date: 1990


  • English

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 15-27
  • Serial:
    • Economic Review
    • Volume: 26
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
    • ISSN: 0013-0281

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  • Accession Number: 00789440
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 8 2000 12:00AM