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Growth accounting and regressions: New approach and results

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  • Sequeira, Tiago
  • Morão, Hugo

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We seek for determinants of the sources of growth. Using a growth accounting method that accounts for time variations in factor shares, we run growth regressions for a panel of 101 countries between 1950 and 2015. Our methodology takes into account the specific features of the data (namely outliers, heterogeneity, and cross panel correlations) and overcomes most criticisms previously raised on growth regressions. The most important evidence reveals that government current expenditure decreases the factor shares and has no effect on total factor productivity (TFP). Trade affects the TFP and the Biased Technical Change (BTC) components, decreasing the factor shares. Moreover, human capital decreases TFP and increases the BTC contribution to growth. This unveils the channels through which determinants of growth act in influencing economic growth.

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  • Sequeira, Tiago & Morão, Hugo, 2020. "Growth accounting and regressions: New approach and results," International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 162(C), pages 67-79.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:inteco:v:162:y:2020:i:c:p:67-79
    DOI: 10.1016/j.inteco.2020.01.003
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    Economic growth; Growth accounting; Growth regressions; Time-varying shares; Government expenditure; Robust estimation; Bootstrap;
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    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O50 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - General

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