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Cleaning Up the Kitchen Sink: Growth Empirics When the World Is Not Simple

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  • Francisco Rodríguez

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    (Department of Economics, Wesleyan University)

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This paper explores the relevance of unknown nonlinearities for growth empirics. Recent theoretical contributions and case-study evidence suggest that nonlinearities are pervasive in the growth process. I show that the postwar data provide strong evidence in favor of generalized non-linearities. I provide two alternative mechanisms for making inference about the effects of production-function shifters on growth that do not make a priori assumptions about functional form: monotonicity tests and average derivative estimation. The results of these tests point towards a greater role for structural variables and a smaller role for policy variables than the linear model.

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Paper provided by Wesleyan University, Department of Economics in its series Wesleyan Economics Working Papers with number 2006-004.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
Date of revision: 17 May 2007
Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2006-004

Note: Earlier version "Cleaning Up the Kitchen Sink: On the Consequences of the Linearity Assumption for Cross-Country Growth Empirics" available at http://repec.wesleyan.edu/pdf/frrodriguez/2006004a_rodriguez.pdf
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Keywords: Economic Growth; Cross-Country Growth Regressions; Non-linearities; Non-parametric econometrics;

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  1. Michael Binder & Georgios Georgiadis, 2010. "Determinants of Human Development: Insights from State-Dependent Panel Models," Human Development Research Papers (2009 to present) HDRP-2010-24, Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  2. Andrew Sharpe & Alexander Murray, 2011. "State of the Evidence on Health as a Determinant of Productivity," CSLS Research Reports 2011-04, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
  3. Wang, Zhi & Wei, Shang-Jin & Wong, Anna, 2010. "Does a Leapfrogging Growth Strategy Raise Growth Rate? Some International Evidence," Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration 47, Asian Development Bank.
  4. Lederman, Daniel & Maloney, William F., 2008. "In search of the missing resource curse," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4766, The World Bank.
  5. Alan Martina, 2007. "A Class of Poverty Traps: A Theory and Empirical Tests," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2007-482, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.

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