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Debt and Economic Growth in Developing and Industrial Countries

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  • Schclarek, Alfredo

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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This paper empirically explores the relationship between debt and growth for a number of developing and industrial economies. For developing countries, we find that lower total external debt levels are associated with higher growth rates, and that this negative relationship is driven by the incidence of public external debt, and not by private external debt. Regarding the channels through which debt accumulation affects growth, we find that this is mainly driven by the capital accumulation growth. There is only limited evidence on the relationship between external debt and total factor productivity growth. In addition, for private savings rates there are mixed results. We do not find any support for an inverted-U shape relationship between external debt and growth. For industrial countries, we do not find any significant relationship between gross government debt and economic growth.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2005:34.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 04 Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2005_034

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Keywords: External Debt; Public debt; Economic Growth; Capital Accumulation; Productivity Growth; Private Savings;

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  9. Siti Daud & Jan Podivinsky, 2011. "Debt–Growth Nexus: A Spatial Econometrics Approach for Developing Countries," Transition Studies Review, Springer, vol. 18(1), pages 1-15, September.

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