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Democracy, Autocracy and Macroeconomic Performance in Pakistan

Iqbal, Nasir and Khan, Sardar Javaid Iqbal and Irfan, Muhammad (2008): Democracy, Autocracy and Macroeconomic Performance in Pakistan. Published in: Kashmir Economic Review , Vol. XVII, No. 1 (2008): pp. 61-88.

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Pakistan showed a healthy growth rate of 5.6 percent during the entire history and faced many ups and down in the economic growth due to dramatic changes in the political regimes. The literature shows mixed results regarding the impact of autocracy or democracy on economic growth. The aggregate growth of the economy under the autocracy remained better as compared to democratic period. Financial Indicators show consistent path through out the history of Pakistan. Different trade policies are designed in different regime to run the external sector and the impact of each policy was different.

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