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Does Growth Respond to a Good Trade Policy?

Mamoon, Dawood and S. Murshed, Mansoob (2005): Does Growth Respond to a Good Trade Policy?


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This paper examines the importance of institutions vis-à-vis openness and trade policies in determining per-capita income differences across countries. A recent literature has tried to demonstrate that more open economies grow faster. On the other hand it has also been asserted that it is not openness per-se, but institutions and good governance that matter in promoting growth. This paper attempts to test this hypothesis across a cross-section of nations. Unlike other papers in the field we have tested not only for the degree of openness but also for trade policy indicators as well as a fuller set of six institutional variables. Our broad finding is that although institutions matter, trade policies are also relevant to promoting growth, whereas openness per se has little impact on growth.

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