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Reino Hjerppe, Pellervo Hämäläinen, Jaakko Kiander and Matti Viren

To analyse productivity of public expenditures; especially to find out the effect of human capital investment on private sector productivity.

Abstract

Purpose

To analyse productivity of public expenditures; especially to find out the effect of human capital investment on private sector productivity.

Design/methodology/approach

Several measures of public sector capital stock are constructed. These measures are used in testing the effects on private sector productivity. Empirical analysis makes use of cross‐country panel data and utilizes various panel econometric methods.

Findings

The main finding is that public sector capital has a positive impact on private sector productivity. Some evidence is provided to the hypotheses that also human capital that is generated within the public sector increases private sector productivity.

Research limitations/implications

There are a lot of measurement problems with the cross‐country data. Also the non‐stationarity of data creates some estimation problems. These may have some impact on the quantitative, but perhaps not on qualitative, nature of results.

Originality/value

Relatively few analysis have made in this area; this is true in particular with comparative (cross‐country) analysis.

Details

International Journal of Social Economics, vol. 34 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0306-8293

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