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Cleaning Up the Kitchen Sink: Growth Empirics When the World Is Not Simple

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  • Francisco Rodríguez

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This paper explores the relevance of unknown nonlinearities for growth empirics. Recent theoretical contributions and case-study evidence suggest that nonlinearities are pervasive in the growth process. I show that the postwar data provide strong evidence in favor of generalized non-linearities. I provide two alternative mechanisms for making inference about the effects of production-function shifters on growth that do not make a priori assumptions about functional form: monotonicity tests and average derivative estimation. The results of these tests point towards a greater role for structural variables and a smaller role for policy variables than the linear model.

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  • Francisco Rodríguez, 2006. "Cleaning Up the Kitchen Sink: Growth Empirics When the World Is Not Simple," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2006-004, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics, revised 17 May 2007.
  • Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2006-004
    Note: Earlier version "Cleaning Up the Kitchen Sink: On the Consequences of the Linearity Assumption for Cross-Country Growth Empirics" available at http://repec.wesleyan.edu/pdf/frrodriguez/2006004a_rodriguez.pdf
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    Keywords

    Economic Growth; Cross-Country Growth Regressions; Non-linearities; Non-parametric econometrics;

    JEL classification:

    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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