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Openness and growth: what have we learned?

  • Francisco Rodriguez

This paper discusses recent evidence regarding the existence of a cross-country empirical relationship between openness to international trade and economic growth. I discuss the empirical contributions of Warner (2003), Dollar and Kraay (2002), and Wacziarg and Welch (2003), and argue that these studies fail to convincingly establish a positive link between trade and growth. I also discuss the 1990-03 experience and show that growth does not display a significant correlation with any measure of trade openness over this period.

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Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 51.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:51
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