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Sources for the Euro Crisis: Bad Regulation and Weak Institutions in Peripheral Europe

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  • Jacopo Costa

    (University of Florence)

  • Roberto Ricciuti

    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

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We analyze the relationship between the quality of political institutions (Worldwide Governance Indicators) and economic regulations (Doing Business indicators) and the economic performance in a panel of 37 European countries between 2001 and 2011. Our results show that the regulations of business environment have a linear effect on the level of GDP, while political institutions have a non-linear effect (U-shaped). Bad political institutions seem not important when the returns of capital accumulation are high, whereas when the gains from the latter are exhausted, political institutions become crucial for further growth. These results allow us to better understand the differences between peripheral and central countries in Europe, and to identify these pre-existing differences as a source of instability in the EMU.

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  • Jacopo Costa & Roberto Ricciuti, 2013. "Sources for the Euro Crisis: Bad Regulation and Weak Institutions in Peripheral Europe," Working Papers 15/2013, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
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    European Monetary Union; Worldwide Governance Indicators; Doing Business; economic institutions; political institutions;
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    JEL classification:

    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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