Found 1191 article(s) for author 'Economic Growth'

The choice of institutions

The choice of institutions. Alberto Alesina, August 2007, Paper. “The ”classical” economists, Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Karl Marx clearly thought that in socio political forces were important determinants of economic development and change. On the contrary the “neoclassical” school starting with Jevons and Walras developed their economic theories in an institution free environment. Institution free economic theory has been the dominant school of thought at least until the 1990s. There were however a few exceptions…” Link

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The Product Space Conditions in the Development of Nations

The Product Space Conditions in the Development of Nations. Ricardo Hausmann, July 27, 2007, Paper. “Economies grow by upgrading the products they produce and export. The technology, capital, institutions, and skills needed to make newer products are more easily adapted from some products than from others. Here, we study this network of relatedness between products, or “product space,” finding that more-sophisticated products are located in a densely connected core whereas less-sophisticated products occupy a less-connected periphery. Empirically, countries move through the product space by developing goods close to those…” Link

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Structural Transformation in Chile

Structural Transformation in Chile. Ricardo Hausmann, June 2007, Paper. “Chile’s robust economic growth during Latin America’s period of economic stagnation has earned it the reputation of an economic star. However, the impressive growth during the 1980s and 1990s seems to be cooling down. The following figure shows GDP per worker and investment per worker from 1960 to 2004, both of which level off in the late 1990s…” Link

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RELATIONSHIP-SPECIFICITY, INCOMPLETE CONTRACTS, AND THE PATTERN OF TRADE

RELATIONSHIP-SPECIFICITY, INCOMPLETE CONTRACTS, AND THE PATTERN OF TRADE. Nathan Nunn, May 2007, Paper. “Is a country’s ability to enforce contracts an important determinant of comparative advantage? To answer this question, I construct a variable that measures, for each good, the proportion of its intermediate inputs that require relationship-specific investments. Combining this measure with data on trade flows and judicial quality, I find that countries with good contract enforcement specialize in the production of goods for which relationship-specific investments are most important…” Link

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The Evolution of the Mexican-Born Workforce in the United States

The Evolution of the Mexican-Born Workforce in the United States. George Borjas, Lawrence Katz, May 2007, Book Chapter. “The population of Mexican-born persons residing in the United States has increased at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. This increase can be attributed to both legal and illegal immigration. During the entire decade of the 1950s, only about three hundred thousand legal Mexican immigrants entered the United States, making up 12 percent of the immigrant flow. In the 1990s, 2.2 million Mexicans entered the United States legally, making up almost 25 percent of the legal flow. In addition, it is estimated that (as of January…” Link

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The Rise of the Sunbelt

The Rise of the Sunbelt. Edward Glaeser, Kristina Tobio, April 2007, Paper. “In the last 50 years, population and incomes have increased steadily throughout much of the Sunbelt. This paper assesses the relative contributions of rising productivity, rising demand for Southern amenities and increases in housing supply to the growth of warm areas, using data on income, housing price and population growth. Before 1980, economic productivity increased significantly in warmer areas and drove the population growth in those places. Since 1980, productivity growth has been more modest, but housing supply growth has been…” Link

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Democracy, Technology, and Growth

Democracy, Technology, and Growth. Philippe Aghion, Alberto Alesina, May 2007, Paper. “We explore the question of how political institutions and particularly democracy affect economic growth. Although empirical evidence of a positive effect of democracy on economic performance in the aggregate is weak, we provide evidence that democracy influences productivity growth in different sectors differently and that this differential effect may be one of the reasons of the ambiguity of the aggregate results. We provide evidence that political rights are conducive to growth in more advanced sectors of an economy, while they do not matter or…” Link

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The Power of the Family

The Power of the Family. Alberto Alesina and Paola Giuliano, April 2007, Paper. “The structure of family relationships influences economic behavior and attitudes. We define our measure of family ties using individual responses from the World Value Survey regarding the role of the family and the love and respect that children need to have for their parents for over 70 countries. We show that strong family ties imply more reliance on the family as an economic unit which provides goods and services and less on the market and on the government for social insurance…” Link

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The Product Space and its Consequences for Economic Growth

The Product Space and its Consequences for Economic Growth. Ricardo Hausmann, March 5, 2007, Paper. “In this paper, we test the assumption underlying the foundational models of trade that there always exist products through which countries can express their endowments and technology. We map the `space’ of products in the world, and find it to be quite heterogeneous, with a central core and outer periphery. Moreover, we show that the way countries develop comparative advantage is far from random, and that the empirical rules observed herein predict, together with the structure of the product space, explain…” Link

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Credit Constraints as a Barrier to the Entry and Post Entry Growth of Firms: Theory and Evidence.

Credit Constraints as a Barrier to the Entry and Post Entry Growth of Firms. Philippe Aghion, March 2007, Paper. “Advanced market economies are characterized by a continuous process of creative destruction. Market forces and technological developments play a major role in shaping this process, but institutional and policy settings also influence firms’ decision to enter, to expand if successful and to exit if competition becomes unbearable. In this paper, we focus on the effects of financial development on the entry of new firms and the expansion of successful new businesses…Link

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