Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/84825
Authors: 
Dethier, Jean-Jacques
Moore, Alexander
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
ZEF Discussion Papers on Development Policy 165
Abstract: 
This paper surveys the main issues and controversies in the economic literature on infrastructure in developing countries. Section I reviews the evidence on the role of infrastructure in promoting economic growth. It is argued that, although infrastructure may be more important for growth than other types of capital, the exact size and form of its effect is less clear than is often assumed. Section II looks at the issue of infrastructure needs, estimates of which are pervasive in both the academic and policy literature. It is argued that the preoccupation with such estimates is largely misplaced. More crucial is to develop systems of infrastructure enabling competition through an appropriate market structure. Therefore, section III reviews the economic fundamentals of infrastructure and the available market structure options and section IV considers means to attract and enable private investment. This is an important means of encouraging competition which has been amongst the top priorities of multilateral banks such as the World Bank or the European Investment Bank. Finally, section V reviews some of the literature debating whether public investment is fundamentally more cost-effective than private investment in infrastructure. There has been renewed interest in this question since the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis, with many countries now seriously questioning the rationale of replacing public with private finance.
Subjects: 
Infrastructure
Developing Countries
Economic Growth
Regulation
JEL: 
L9
L16
O16
O2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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