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Geographical Features vs. Institutional Factors: New Perspectives on The Growth of Africa and Middle-East

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  • Olivier Parent

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    (Olivier Parent: University of Cincinnati)

  • Abdallah Zouache

This paper examines Africa’s and Middle East’s growth performance for the period 1990- 2005. It employs a Bayesian Model Averaging method that constructs estimates as a weighted average of Spatial Autoregressive estimates for every possible combination of included variables. One of the results of the paper is that the inclusion of spatial dependencies has a direct impact on the determinants of growth in Africa and Middle-East. Indeed, the methodology used in the paper offers an interesting response to the institution/geography debate on the explanation of growth and development. In particular, our methodology allows a selection of the institutional variables that count to explain low development since the geographical variables are partially integrated in the spatial dependence effect.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
Date of revision: Jun 2009
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:490
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