Donaubauer, Julian Meyer, Birgit Nunnenkamp, Peter
Year of Publication:
Kiel Working Paper No. 1929
We construct comprehensive and comparable indices on the most relevant components of economic infrastructure. An unobserved components model is employed to cover the largest possible number of developing and developed countries over the period 1990-2010. We map major findings from the new indices on infrastructure and provide country rankings, which we also compare with subjective assessments of infrastructure in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report. Finally, we exemplify possible applications related to trade and FDI. By overcoming several data limitations, our new global index can help assess the links between infrastructure and economic development more systematically.
infrastructure transport ICT energy finance unobserved components method trade FDI