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Testing for Trade-Induced Investment-Led Growth

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  • Seghezza, Elena

    () (Università di Genova, Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Finanziarie)

  • Baldwin, Richard E.

    () (Graduate Institute of International Studies)

Abstract

This paper estimates a two equation system – an investment equation and a growth equation – that allows trade openness to affect growth directly via its impact on TFP growth, and indirectly via its impact on the investment rate. We find that domestic trade barriers depress investment and thereby growth. This result is robust in that it is present in a variety of samples and for a variety of openness proxies. Foreign trade barriers are also found to depress investment and growth, but the effect is less strong and much less robust to sample and proxy changes. We confirm the robustness of our results by using a series of data samples split according to the capital abundance of nations and the income levels of countries. Moreover, we deal with the Rodriguez-Rodrik critique by using, as our preferred trade proxy, a trade weighted tariff average.

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  • Seghezza, Elena & Baldwin, Richard E., 2008. "Testing for Trade-Induced Investment-Led Growth," Economia Internazionale / International Economics, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato Agricoltura di Genova, vol. 61(2-3), pages 507-537.
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    Keywords

    Trade Openness; Investment; Growth;
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    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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