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Trade openness and government size

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  • Benarroch, Michael
  • Pandey, Manish

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We examine whether trade openness influences government size. Using panel data, we find no evidence of a positive relationship. Rather, causality tests show that larger government size leads to lower openness, the opposite of what Rodrik [Rodrik, Dani, 1998, Why do more open economies have bigger governments? Journal of Political Economy 106, 997-1032.] hypothesized.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 101 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 157-159

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:101:y:2008:i:3:p:157-159

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Keywords: Government size Trade openness Causality;

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  1. Dani Rodrik, 1998. "Why Do More Open Economies Have Bigger Governments?," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 106(5), pages 997-1032, October.
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Cited by:
  1. Estela Sáenz Rodríguez & Marcela Sabaté Sort & Mª. Dolores Gadea Rivas, 2011. "¿Condiciona la apertura exterior el tamaño del sector público? Un panorama," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 198(3), pages 131-149, September.
  2. Benarroch, Michael & Pandey, Manish, 2012. "The relationship between trade openness and government size: Does disaggregating government expenditure matter?," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 34(1), pages 239-252.
  3. Estela Sáenz & Marcela Sabaté & M. Gadea, 2013. "Trade openness and public expenditure. The Spanish case, 1960–2000," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 154(3), pages 173-195, March.
  4. Muhammad Zakaria & Samreen Shakoor, 2011. "Relationship Between Government Size and Trade Openness: Evidence from Pakistan," Transition Studies Review, Springer, vol. 18(2), pages 328-341, December.
  5. Escobari Diego & Mollick André Varella, 2013. "Output growth and unexpected government expenditures," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 33, September.
  6. Thushyanthan Baskaran & Zohal Hessami, 2010. "Globalization, Redistribution, and the Composition of Public Education Expenditures," CESifo Working Paper Series 2917, CESifo Group Munich.

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