Guyana: Why Has Growth Stopped? An Empirical Study on the Stagnation of Economic Growth

 
Author/Editor: Staritz, Cornelia ; Gold, Judith ; Atoyan, Ruben
 
Publication Date: April 01, 2007
 
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Summary: After a period of exceptionally strong economic performance, Guyana's growth has stagnated since 1998. The paper tries to identify the factors that can explain this dramatic deterioration in economic performance. The paper first attempts to explain the decline of growth with a growth accounting exercise which shows that there was a significant swing in total factor productivity, and than uses a panel regression framework to analyze the growth impact of changes in various factors. Finally, through a series of cross-country exercises, the paper shows that the primary reasons for the divergence between the economic performance of Guyana and other Caribbean, HIPC, and PRGF-eligible countries in 1998-2004 are a substantial decline in share of net foreign and private domestic investment in GDP, a decline in the labor force, and a less favorable political and institutional environment.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 07/86
Subject(s): Economic growth | Guyana | Economic conditions | Investment | Political economy | Productivity | Caribbean | Economic models

Author's Keyword(s): Economic growth | investment | political economy | institutions
 
English
Publication Date: April 01, 2007
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2007086 Pages: 26
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