Quotation Donaubauer, Julian, Meyer, Birgit Elisabeth, Nunnenkamp, Peter. 2016. A New Global Index of Infrastructure: Construction, Rankings and Applications. World Economy 39 (2), 236-259.




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 of 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 foreign aid. By overcoming several data limitations, our new global index can help assess the links between infrastructure and economic development more systematically.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal World Economy
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-C
Language English
Title A New Global Index of Infrastructure: Construction, Rankings and Applications
Volume 39
Number 2
Year 2016
Page from 236
Page to 259
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12290
JEL O18; C43; C82; F14; F21


Meyer, Birgit Elisabeth (Details)
Donaubauer, Julian (Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany)
Nunnenkamp, Peter (Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany)
Department of Economics (Badinger) (Details)
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