Crowding-Out or Crowding-In? Public and Private Investment in India

Author/Editor:

Girish Bahal ; Mehdi Raissi ; Volodymyr Tulin

Publication Date:

December 17, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper contributes to the debate on the relationship between public-capital accumulation and private investment in India along the following dimensions. First, acknowledging major structural changes that the Indian economy has undergone in the past three decades, we study whether public investment in recent years has become more or less complementary to private investment in comparison to the period before 1980. Second, we construct a novel data-set of quarterly aggregate public and private investment in India over the period 1996Q2-2015Q1 using investment-project data from the CapEx-CMIE database. Third, embedding a theory-driven long-run relationship on the model, we estimate a range of Structural Vector Error Correction Models (SVECMs) to re-examine the public and private investment relationship in India. Identification is achieved by decomposing shocks into those with transitory and permanent effects. Our results suggest that while public-capital accumulation crowds out private investment in India over 1950-2012, the opposite is true when we restrict the sample post 1980 or conduct a quarterly analysis since 1996Q2. This change can most likely be attributed to the policy reforms which started during early 1980s and gained momentum after the 1991 crises.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/264

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 17, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513541655/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015264

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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