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Do institutions rule? The role of heterogeneity in the institutions vs. geography debate

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  • Andros Kourtellos

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    (University of Cyprus)

  • Thanasis Stengos

    ()
    (University of Guelph)

  • Chih ming Tan

    ()
    (Tufts University and Clark University)

Abstract

We uncover evidence of substantial heterogeneity in the growth experience of countries using a structural threshold regression methodology. Our findings suggest that studies that seek to promote mono-causal explanations in the institutions versus geography debate in growth are potentially misleading

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 30 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 1710-1719

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-10-00088

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Keywords: Threshold Regression; Endogenous Threshold Variables; Growth; Institutions; Geography.;

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