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Openness, Country Size and the Government

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  • Alberto Alesina
  • Romain Wacziarg

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This paper shows that smaller countries have larger public sectors as a share of GDP, and are also more open to trade. These empirical observations are consistent with recent theoretical models explaining country formation and break up.

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  • Alberto Alesina & Romain Wacziarg, 1997. "Openness, Country Size and the Government," NBER Working Papers 6024, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6024
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