Economic Performance and Public Infrastructure: An Application to Greek Manufacturing

20 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2008


To comprehend the impact of public infrastructure on economic performance this paper provides a measure of productivity growth as derived from duality theory. This productivity growth is decomposed into the components of technical change, returns to scale and the effects of public infrastructure, the variable of our interest. In an application, we opt for Greek manufacturing so as to investigate whether the decline in its growth rate is partly explained by public infrastructure. Despite some variation in the estimation results of shadow shares across industries, public infrastructure asserts a cost saving effect in most industries, though it also appears that traditional labour-intensive industries with lower level of technological advancement do not benefit from the provision of public infrastructure. The estimation results further demonstrate that while public infrastructure enhanced productivity growth over the sample period for most industries, low infrastructure investment in the 1970s and the 1980s undermined productivity growth.

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Mamatzakis, Emmanuel C. Manolis, Economic Performance and Public Infrastructure: An Application to Greek Manufacturing. Bulletin of Economic Research, Vol. 60, Issue 3, pp. 307-326, July 2008. Available at SSRN: or

Emmanuel C. Manolis Mamatzakis (Contact Author)

University of Macedonia ( email )

Thessaloniki, 54006

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