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The Path of Liberalization and Economic Growth

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Empirical research has shown that both more economic freedom and a higher stability of policy variables are supportive for economic growth. Thus, the path of policy liberalization may have a considerable influence on a nation's growth performance. Using the Fraser-index of economic freedom, this article shows empirically that policy volatility proves to be growth depressing, even if the state liberalizes the economy in the long-run. Growth is significantly higher if liberalization occurs on a smoother path. Copyright 2002 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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  • Pitlik, Hans, 2002. "The Path of Liberalization and Economic Growth," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 55(1), pages 57-79.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:55:y:2002:i:1:p:57-79
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