Geography versus Institutions: New Perspectives on the Growth of Africa and the Middle East
This article examines the growth performance of Africa and the Middle East for the period 1990-2005. It employs a Bayesian model-averaging method that constructs estimates as a weighted average of spatial autoregressive estimates for every possible combination of included variables. One of the results is that the inclusion of spatial dependences has a direct impact on the determinants of growth in Africa and the Middle East. A main contribution of this article is to consider geographical effects in a more flexible way, which allows an enriched comprehension of the role of institutional factors in explaining low economic development.
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Volume (Year): 168 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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