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The empirics of trade and growth: where are the policy recommendations?

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Existing literature repeatedly documented a strong correlation between trade and growth. It has also shown a causal effect of imports (though not necessarily exports) on growth in simultaneous equation models but to a lesser extent in Granger-causality tests. Export and import taxes have sometimes been found to negatively affect growth. Drawing policy conclusions from these general findings for a particular country is difficult not only because of the contradictory results but also because of potential second best world effects and the implied endogeneity of trade policy. Policy recommendations for a specific country require a careful analysis of market and institutional arrangements and can not be based on the existing cross-country literature. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

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  • Klaus Wälde & Christina Wood, 2004. "The empirics of trade and growth: where are the policy recommendations?," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 1(2), pages 275-292, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:iecepo:v:1:y:2004:i:2:p:275-292
    DOI: 10.1007/s10368-004-0016-7
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    Theoretical and Empirical Trade and Growth Studies; Policy Recommendations; F13 Commercial Policy; Protection; Promotion; Trade Negotiations; O1 Economic Development;

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    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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