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Do Institutions Rule? The Role of Heterogeneity in the Institutions vs. Geography Debate

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  • Andros Kourtellos

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    (Department of Economics,University of Cyprus)

  • Thanasis Stengos

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    (Department of Economics, University of Guelph)

  • Chih Ming Tan

    ()
    (Department of Economics,Tufts University)

Abstract

We uncover evidence of substantial heterogeneity in the growth experience of countries using a structural threshold regression methodology. Our findings suggest that studies that seek to promote mono-causal explanations in the institutions versus geography debate in growth are potentially misleading.

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Paper provided by University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 0910.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:gue:guelph:2009-10

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Keywords: Threshold Regression; Endogenous Threshold Variables; Growth; Institutions; Geography.;

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