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Public policies: will policy be ineffective if welfare is a random-walk


  • Abereniye Atemie-Obuoforibo


This study contradicts the view that policy cannot be effective if the welfare variable is a random-walk. Also, the study disagrees with the methodology employed by some proponents of this view, and goes on to show that the conclusion of policy ineffectiveness was only due to a wrong inference procedure. Furthermore, it points out that the notion of policy effectiveness suggests the examination of the relationship between policy and welfare; hence, what to look for is not a trend in the individual time series, but a common trend which relates the policy instrument and the welfare-variable in the policy environment under consideration.

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  • Abereniye Atemie-Obuoforibo, 2001. "Public policies: will policy be ineffective if welfare is a random-walk," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(11), pages 1443-1453.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:33:y:2001:i:11:p:1443-1453
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840010009874

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