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Economic Commentary

Infrastructure and the Wealth of Nations

Economies can’t grow without a sufficiently developed infrastructure, but how deep does the infrastructure have to be to make a difference? The authors take a look at some research from the Fraser Institute that examines the relationship between economic growth and economic infrastructure across 123 countries. They find that infrastructure is a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition.

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Suggested Citation

Nosal, Ed, and Peter Rupert. 2002. “Infrastructure and the Wealth of Nations.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 1/1/2002.