The Municipal Wage and Employment Effects of Public Infrastructure

Kevin T. Duffy-Deno, Douglas R. Dalenberg

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Abstract

We empirically examine the relationship between public capital and municipal employment levels and changes using a sample of 48 large US cities during the 1970-80 period. We find greater stocks of public capital are associated with a higher demand for and supply of municipal workers. Holding all other factors constant, the effect of a 10 per cent greater level of per capita public capital stock is a 0.6 and 12.9 per cent higher demand for and supply of municipal workers in the short run. Reduced form estimates indicate a net positive effect on municipal employment but no net effect on municipal wages. These findings are supported by a fixed-effect model estimation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1577-1589
Number of pages13
JournalUrban Studies
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1993

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