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Policy Uncertainty, Persistence and Growth

  • Aizenman, Joshua
  • Marion, Nancy P

This paper explores links between policy uncertainty and growth. Using an endogenous growth model in which domestic investment is characterized by irreversibilities and policy fluctuates between a high- and a low-tax regime, it shows that the magnitude of policy fluctuation and the persistence of policy jointly determine the pattern of investment and growth. Cross-section regressions confirm that for 46 developing countries over the 1970-85 period, policy uncertainty is negatively correlated with both investment and growth. Policy persistence also plays an important role. Copyright 1993 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 1 (1993)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 145-63

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