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Globalization and economic growth: Evidence from two decades of transition in CEE

Gurgul, Henryk and Lach, Łukasz (2014): Globalization and economic growth: Evidence from two decades of transition in CEE. Published in: Economic Modelling , Vol. 36, : pp. 99-107.

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Abstract

This paper examines the role of various aspects of globalization for economic growth in ten CEE economies. In contrary to previous papers, we restrict our analysis solely to the first two decades of transition. Using the globalization indexes published by the Swiss Economic Institute, we found strong and robust evidence of growth-stimulating effect of globalization processes, especially in social and economic dimensions. On the other hand, the role of political dimension of globalization was not found to be statistically significant in any research variant. The result, which seems to be particularly interesting, is that development of the Internet, television and trade in newspapers (the social dimension of globalization) had at least as strong positive impact on economic development in CEE economies in first two decades of transition as rise in international trade, growth of foreign investment, reduction of import barriers and development of taxes policy (the economic dimension).

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