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Economic Globalization, Mercantilism and Economic Growth

  • Gaowang Wang

    (Central University of Finance and Economics)

  • Heng-fu Zou

    (Central University of Finance and Economics)

Obstfeld (1994) shows theoretically that international economic integration accelerates economic growth of all countries in the world, which does not match the data very well. By introducing Zou (1994)'s viewpoints of mercantilism into the Obstfeld model, the paper shows that the excessive pursuits for wealth heighthen the demand for financial assets with high return and high risk in the global financial market which distorts the mechanism of financial market promoting economic growth, and hence leads to different growth performances within different countries. Specifically, for different economies, not only do the same technology or preference shocks have different growth effects, but also economic integration has different growth effects.

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Paper provided by China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics in its series CEMA Working Papers with number 548.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cuf:wpaper:548
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