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Institutional instability and growth in Argentina: a long-run view

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  • Sanz Villarroya, Isabel
  • Prados de la Escosura, Leandro

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Argentina has slipped from being among the ten richest countries in the world by the eve of World War I to its current position close to developing countries. What did originate Argentina's economic retardation?. In this paper we employ a structural model to investigate the extent to which institutional instability, as captured by "Contract Intensive Money" (Clague, Keefer, Knack and Olson, 1999), conditioned capital accumulation and economic growth in Argentina and, consequently, the country's relative international position. Our results suggest that institutional instability played a major role in Argentina's unique historical experience of economic decline.

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  • Sanz Villarroya, Isabel & Prados de la Escosura, Leandro, 2004. "Institutional instability and growth in Argentina: a long-run view," IFCS - Working Papers in Economic History.WH wh046705, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola.
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    1. Alston, Lee J. & Gallo, Andrés A., 2010. "Electoral fraud, the rise of Peron and demise of checks and balances in Argentina," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 179-197, April.
    2. Emilio Ocampo, 2015. "Commodity Price Booms and Populist Cycles. An Explanation of Argentina’s Decline in the 20th Century," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 562, Universidad del CEMA.

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