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Trade Openness and Growth: Is There Any Link?

Sarkar, Prabirjit (2007): Trade Openness and Growth: Is There Any Link?


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The present study examines the relationship between openness (trade-GDP ratio) and growth. Our cross-country panel data analysis of a sample 51 countries of the South during 1981-2002 shows that for only 11 rich and highly trade-dependent countries a higher real growth is associated with a higher trade share. Time series study of individual country experiences shows that the majority of the countries covered in the sample including the East Asian countries experienced no positive long-term relationship between openness and growth during 1961-2002. Our study of the experience of various regions and groups shows that only the Middle Income group exhibited a positive long-term relationship.

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