Public Choice

, Volume 113, Issue 3–4, pp 403–424 | Cite as

The Contribution of Local Public Infrastructure to Private Productivity and its Political Economy: Evidence from a Panel of Large German Cities

  • Achim Kemmerling
  • Andreas Stephan


This paper proposes a simultaneous-equation approach to theestimation of the contribution of infrastructure accumulationto private production. A political economy model for theallocation of public infrastructure investment grants isformulated. Our empirical findings, using a panel of largeGerman cities for the years 1980,1986, and 1988, suggest thatcities ruled by a council sharing the State (`Bundesland')government's current political affiliation were particularlysuccessful in attracting infrastructure investment grants.With regard to the contribution of infrastructure accumulationto growth, we find that public capital is a significant factorin private production. Moreover, at least for the samplestudied, we find that simultaneity between output and publiccapital is weak; thus, feedback effects from output toinfrastructure are negligible.


Political Economy Public Finance Economy Model Empirical Finding Feedback Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Achim Kemmerling
    • 1
  • Andreas Stephan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political SciencesFreie UniversitätBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Innovation, Industry and ServiceDIW BerlinGermany

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