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Investment and Instability

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  • Campos, Nauro F
  • Nugent, Jeffrey B

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Although recent research has repeatedly found a negative association between investment and political instability, the existence and direction of causality between these two variables has not yet been investigated. This paper empirically tests for such a causal and negative long-run relationship between political instability and investment. It finds that there is a robust causal relationship from instability to investment, and that it is positive. In other words, an increase in political instability causes an increase in investment (Granger). We identify three different theories that can explain this result.

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  • Campos, Nauro F & Nugent, Jeffrey B, 2000. "Investment and Instability," CEPR Discussion Papers 2609, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2609
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    1. Demir, Firat, 2006. "Volatility of short term capital flows and socio-political instability in Argentina, Mexico and Turkey," MPRA Paper 1943, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Jorg Dopke, 2004. "How Robust is the Empirical Link between Business-Cycle Volatility and Long-Run Growth in OECD Countries?," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(1), pages 1-23.

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    Keywords

    Aggregate Investment; Granger Causality; Political Instability;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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