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Risk, Volatility, and the Global Cross-Section of Growth Rates

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  • Alexandra Tabova
  • A. Craig Burnside

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We reconsider the empirical links between volatility and growth between 1970 and 2007. There is a strong and significant correlation between individual country growth rates and global factors that are arguably exogenous with respect to their economies. The amount of volatility driven by these external factors is highly correlated, cross-sectionally, with the overall amount of volatility in GDP growth. There is also a strong correlation between a country's average growth rate and the magnitude and sign of its exposure to global factors. We interpret our findings as a partial answer to the question "Why doesn't capital flow from rich to poor countries?" We argue that low-income countries that grow slowly are riskier from the perspective of the marginal international investor.

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  • Alexandra Tabova & A. Craig Burnside, 2010. "Risk, Volatility, and the Global Cross-Section of Growth Rates," Working Papers 10-42, Duke University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:duk:dukeec:10-42
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    1. Den Haan, Wouter & Sedlacek, Petr, 2009. "Inefficient employment decisions, entry costs, and the cost of fluctuations," CEPR Discussion Papers 7468, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    3. Alexandra M. Tabova, 2013. "Portfolio diversification and the cross-sectional distribution of foreign investment," International Finance Discussion Papers 1091, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    4. Maslova, Inga & Onder, Harun & Sanghi, Apurva, 2013. "Growth and volatility analysis using wavelets," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6578, The World Bank.

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    Keywords

    Volatility; Growt; Growth Rate; Capital Flow; Low-Income Countries; Growth Discrepancies;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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