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The export-led growth hypothesis revisited: theory and evidence

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  • Hildegart Ahumada
  • Pablo Sanguinetti

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Export growth is often singled out as a key aspect in processes of fast and sustainable increases in per capita income. In this paper we revisit this export-led growth hypothesis (ELGH). From an empirical point of view we study this phenomenon applying Granger-type tests on panel data. The results seem to confirm that, for the sample of countries and the period under study, exports did behave as the “engine of growth” as they Granger-caused investment, output growth and imports. In the theoretical part of the paper we reframe the ELGH standard model in terms of recent models of endogenous growth so as to make it more consistent with these empirical findings.

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  • Hildegart Ahumada & Pablo Sanguinetti, 1995. "The export-led growth hypothesis revisited: theory and evidence," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 22(2 Year 19), pages 327-355, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:udc:esteco:v:22:y:1995:i:2:p:327-355
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    1. Kehoe, Timothy J., 1991. "Computation and multiplicity of equilibria," Handbook of Mathematical Economics,in: W. Hildenbrand & H. Sonnenschein (ed.), Handbook of Mathematical Economics, edition 1, volume 4, chapter 38, pages 2049-2144 Elsevier.
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    1. Galimberti, Jaqueson K., 2009. "Conditioned Export-Led Growth Hypothesis: A Panel Threshold Regressions Approach," MPRA Paper 13417, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Jaime Andrés Collazos & Pedro Luis Rosero, 2010. "¿Posee el Valle del Cauca una economía transformadora de importaciones orientadas a la Exportación?," DOCUMENTOS DE POLÍTICAS PÚBLICAS 006880, UNIVERSIDAD ICESI.
    3. Javed, Zanib & Munir, Kashif, 2016. "Impact of Export Composition on Economic Growth in South Asia," MPRA Paper 71519, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Sahoo, Auro Kumar & Sahoo, Dukhabandhu & Sahu, Naresh Chandra, 2014. "Mining export, industrial production and economic growth: A cointegration and causality analysis for India," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 27-34.

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    Export-led hypothesis; growth.;

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