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On the Speed of Economic Reform - A Tale of the Tortoise and the Hare: Evidence from Transition Countries

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  • Bruno Merlevede
  • Koen Schoors

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We analyse how the choice of reform speed, foreign direct investment (FDI) and economic growth affect one another. New reforms affect economic growth negatively, whereas the level of past reform leads to higher growth and attracts FDI. We simulate the impact of big bang and gradualist strategies on economic growth. This is only meaningful in the presence of reform reversals, which requires aggregate uncertainty about the appropriate reform. We find that even relatively small ex ante reversal probabilities suffice to tilt the balance in favour of gradualism. The case for gradualism gains strength if policymakers are short-sighted, but weakens if voters are myopic.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

Volume (Year): 10 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 29-50

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Keywords: Policy reform; gradualism; big bang; FDI; economic growth;

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  1. Berggren, Niclas & Bergh, Andreas & Bjørnskov, Christian, 2009. "The Growth Effects of Institutional Instability," Ratio Working Papers 135, The Ratio Institute.
  2. DELL'ANNO, Roberto & VILLA, Stefania, 2012. "Growth in Transition Countries: Big Bang versus Gradualism," CELPE Discussion Papers 122, CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy.

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