Institutions, Investment, and Growth: New Cross-Country and Panel Data Evidence
This paper outlines the alternative channels through which institutions affect growth and studies the empirical relationship between institutions, investment, and growth. The empirical results indicate that (1) free-market institutions have a positive effect on growth; (2) economic freedom affects growth through both a direct effect on total factor productivity and an indirect effect on investment; (3) political and civil liberties may stimulate investment; (4) an important interaction exists between freedom and human capital investment; (5) Milton Friedman's conjectures on the relation between political and economic freedom are correct; and (6) promoting economic freedom is an effective policy toward facilitating growth and other types of freedom. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 36 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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