Growth Empirics Under Model Uncertainty : Is Africa Different?

Author/Editor:

Charalambos G Tsangarides

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper attempts to identify robust patterns of cross-country growth behavior in the world as a whole and Africa. It employs a novel methodology that incorporates a dynamic panel estimator, and Bayesian Model Averaging to explicitly account for model uncertainty. The findings indicate that: (i) in addition to initial conditions, various economic factors such as higher investment, lower inflation, lower government consumption, better fiscal stance, improved political environment, exogenous terms-of-trade shocks, and fixed geographical factors are robustly correlated with growth; (ii) what is good for growth around the world is, in principle, also good for growth in Africa; and (iii) political and institutional variables are particularly important in explaining African growth.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/18

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451860375/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005018

Format:

Paper

Pages:

33

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