Public investment in Europe: evolution and determinants in perspective

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Series Details Vol.27, No.4, December 2006, p443-471
Publication Date December 2006
ISSN 0143-5671
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The article describe the evolution of public investment and public capital stocks in Europe over the past three decades. Against this background, the authors analyse the macroeconomic determinants of public investment, with a special focus on its long-term trend. They find that public investment has been determined by national income, the stance of budgetary policies and fiscal sustainability considerations. Neither the cost of financing nor the fiscal rules embodied in EMU have had a systemic impact on public investment. The significant downtrend that characterises the evolution of public investment in non-cohesion countries is chiefly determined by drawn-out episodes of fiscal consolidation, unrelated to EMU.

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