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Institutional quality and total factor productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: exploring the unobservable through factor analysis

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This document determines, for a sample of Latin American countries, to what extent short-term variations in total factor productivity (TFP) are infl uenced by changes in institutional quality. Our empirical strategy is two-folded. First, we use statistical tools borrowed from factor analysis to extract from observable outcome indicators, unobservable common factors associated to TFP and institutional quality. Second, panel estimations are performed, linking the latent elements of aggregate factor productivity to the underlying common factors of institutional quality. Results are appealing: economic liberty is positively related to short-term total factor productivity

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  • Alejandro Quijada, 2007. "Institutional quality and total factor productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean: exploring the unobservable through factor analysis," Revista ESPE - Ensayos sobre Política Económica, Banco de la Republica de Colombia, vol. 25(53), pages 66-119, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdr:ensayo:v:25:y:2007:i:53:p:66-119
    DOI: 10.32468/Espe.5302
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    Keywords

    productividad total de los factores; análisis factorial; latinoamérica.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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