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  • Alberto Alesina

    (Harvard University)

  • Silvia Ardagna

    (Wellesley College)

  • Giuseppe Nicoletti

    (OECD)

  • Fabio Schiantarelli

    ()
    (Boston College)

Abstract

One commonly held view about the difference between continental European countries and other OECD economies, especially the United States, is that the heavy regulation of the former reduces their growth. Using newly assembled data on regulation in several sectors of many OECD countries, we provide substantial and robust evidence that various measures of regulation in the product markets, concerning in particular entry barriers, are negatively related to investment. The policy implication of our analysis is clear: regulatory reforms that liberalize entry are very likely to spur investment.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 549.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 13 Dec 2002
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Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:549

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