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Institutions And Trade: Competitors Or Complements In Economic Development?

  • Sambit Bhattacharyya
  • Steve Dowrick
  • Jane Golley

In this paper we contribute to the debate over the empirical relationship between trade openness and economic development. Unlike previous studies which treat trade openness and institutions as competitors in economic development, we find evidence that they are in fact complements. We also find that in order for a country to benefit from trade, its institutional quality has to be above a threshold level. These results are suggestive of a very important complementary role of both trade openness and institutions in economic development.

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Paper provided by The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2008-12.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:pas:papers:2008-12
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