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Determinants of economic growth: A Bayesian panel data approach

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  • Enrique Moral-Benito

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Model uncertainty hampers consensus on the key determinants of economic growth. Some recent cross-country cross-sectional analyses have employed Bayesian Model Averaging to tackle the issue of model uncertainty. This paper extends that approach to panel data models with country-specific fixed effects in order to simultaneously address model uncertainty and endogeneity issues. The empirical findings suggest that in a panel setting the most robust growth determinants are the price of investment goods, distance to major world cities, and political rights.

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Paper provided by Banco de Espa�a in its series Banco de Espa�a Working Papers with number 1031.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bde:wpaper:1031

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Keywords: Growth determinants; model uncertainty; bayesian model averaging; dynamic panel estimation;

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