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Political instability, policy uncertainty, and economic growth: An empirical investigation

  • Abdiweli Ali
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    This paper elaborates upon the effect of political stability on economic growth using a novel approach. Unlike the literature on growth that emphasizes the turnover of decision makers, this paper focuses on the volatility of economic policies as the relevant indicator of stability. The literature on growth ignores the microeconomic instability associated with frequent changes of government policies. The empirical results of this paper indicate that the effect of political instability on economic growth is not conclusive. Most of the commonly used proxies for political instability have failed to explain growth differences across countries. The political instability indices have no significant effect on growth when a reasonable set of core variables is also included in the regression equation. The results also show that almost all of the policy uncertainty variables are significantly and negatively correlated with economic growth. However, the instability of economic policies has no significant impact on the accumulation of capital. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2001

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    Article provided by Springer & International Atlantic Economic Society in its journal Atlantic Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 87-106

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:29:y:2001:i:1:p:87-106
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02299934
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