Schooling and Public Capital in a Model of Endogenous Growth
25 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2011
Date Written: April 28, 2009
This paper studies the allocation of public spending between education services and infrastructure investment in an endogenous growth model of a developing economy where public capital in infrastructure affects human capital accumulation. The balanced growth path is derived and the possibility of local indeterminacy is discussed. Dynamics associated with a budget-neutral reallocation of spending from education to infrastructure are studied through numerical simulations. The growth-maximizing share of investment in infrastructure is shown to depend on the goods production technology and the productiveness of infrastructure in the schooling technology. Properties of the welfare-maximizing solution are also discussed.
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