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Government Size and Trade Openness: Some Additional Insights

Liberati, Paolo (2013): Government Size and Trade Openness: Some Additional Insights.

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Abstract

This paper provides additional insights on the relationship between government size and trade openness using a panel of countries drawn from the World Development Indicators and the Penn World Tables 7.0 from 1962 to 2009. It is shown that the compensation hypothesis proposed by Rodrik (1998) and revisited by Alesina and Wacziarg (1998) and by Ram (2009) cannot be attributed general validity. Rather, it may be driven by specific geographical areas.

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