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Modeling Parameter Heterogeneity in Cross Country Growth Regression Models

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  • Andros Kourtellos

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Given the failure of the conventional linear Solow growth model to establish reliable results in the analysis cross-country growth performance, this paper proposes a new framework using the concept of hierarchy of time-scales. By hierarchy of time scales, I mean that slower moving variables such as culture, play a major role in determining medium moving variables such as institutions, and which in turn play a major role in determining faster moving variables such as the conventional determinants of economics growth. This approach provides a systematic way of thinking about the heterogeneity in the cross-country growth performance. In the context of the Solow growth model the hierarchical approach suggests a local generalization of the Solow growth model in the form of a semiparametric varying parameter model along the lines of Hastie and Tibshirani (1992). Using the varying coefficient model, this paper studies two examples. In the first example the parameters of the model vary according to initial human capital while in the second they vary according to a measure of ethnic diversity. The results suggest that there exists substantial parameter heterogeneity in the cross-country growth process.

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Paper provided by University of Cyprus Department of Economics in its series University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics with number 0212.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:0212

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Keywords: Empirical Growth; Heterogeneity; Hierarchy of Time-Scales; Varying Parameters;

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  3. Chih Ming Tan, 2007. "Economic Growth Nonlinearities," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 0701, Department of Economics, Tufts University.
  4. Andros Kourtellos, 2011. "Modeling parameter heterogeneity in cross-country regression models," University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics 11-2011, University of Cyprus Department of Economics.
  5. Steven N. Durlauf & Andros Kourtellos & Chih Ming Tan, 2005. "Empirics of growth and Development," University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics 8-2005, University of Cyprus Department of Economics.
  6. Chih Ming Tan, 2010. "No one true path: uncovering the interplay between geography, institutions, and fractionalization in economic development," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(7), pages 1100-1127, November/.
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