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Trade liberalization and economic growth: a case study of Iran


  • Kazem Yavari
  • Reza Mohseni


We estimate the impact of trade liberalization and physical and human capital accumulation on Iran’s economic growth during the period 1959−2007. Using co-integration techniques and a vector error correction model, we find a unique long-run relationship between economic growth and its major determinants. These determinants include the physical and human capital stock, the labor force, real non-oil exports, and import tariffs. In addition, the short-term error correction dynamics analysis suggests that trade liberalization has a significant long run positive role in dynamic of growth. Our results support the view that the integration of the Iranian economy with the world economy is undoubtedly welfare improving.

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  • Kazem Yavari & Reza Mohseni, 2012. "Trade liberalization and economic growth: a case study of Iran," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(1), pages 13-23, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:15:y:2012:i:1:p:13-23
    DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2011.642579

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