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Risk, Volatility, and the Global Cross-Section of Growth Rates

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  • Alexandra Tabova
  • A. Craig Burnside

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We reconsider the empirical links between volatility and growth between 1970 and 2007. There is a strong and significant correlation between individual country growth rates and global factors that are arguably exogenous with respect to their economies. The amount of volatility driven by these external factors is highly correlated, cross-sectionally, with the overall amount of volatility in GDP growth. There is also a strong correlation between a country's average growth rate and the magnitude and sign of its exposure to global factors. We interpret our findings as a partial answer to the question "Why doesn't capital flow from rich to poor countries?" We argue that low-income countries that grow slowly are riskier from the perspective of the marginal international investor.

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Paper provided by Duke University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10-42.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Keywords: Volatility; Growt; Growth Rate; Capital Flow; Low-Income Countries; Growth Discrepancies;

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  1. Alexandra Tabova, 2013. "Portfolio diversification and the cross-sectional distribution of foreign investment," International Finance Discussion Papers 1091, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  2. Den Haan, Wouter & Sedlacek, Petr, 2009. "Inefficient employment decisions, entry costs, and the cost of fluctuations," CEPR Discussion Papers 7468, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Maslova, Inga & Onder, Harun & Sanghi, Apurva, 2013. "Growth and volatility analysis using wavelets," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6578, The World Bank.

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