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Determinants of Growth Spells [electronic resource] : Is Africa Different? Tsangarides, Charalambos G..

Author/Creator:
Tsangarides, Charalambos G.
Publication:
Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, 2012.
Series:
IMF eLibrary
IMF Working Papers; Working Paper No. 12/227.
IMF Working Papers; Working Paper No. 12/227
Format/Description:
Government document
Book
1 online resource (32 p.)
Local subjects:
Bayesian Analysis.
Economic growth.
Economic models.
Export markets.
Export orientation.
External shocks.
General.
High inflation.
Impact of trade.
Import prices.
Income distribution.
Increased openness.
Inflation.
Inflation rates.
Low inflation.
Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development.
Macroeconomic stability.
Monetary economics.
Oil prices.
Per capita income.
Price level.
Rate of inflation.
Terms of trade.
Terms of trade shocks.
Trade growth.
Trade liberalization.
Trade openness.
Trade policies.
Trade shocks.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.
Japan.
Korea, Republic of.
Saint Lucia.
Singapore.
Taiwan Province of China.
Summary:
Do growth spells in Africa end because of bad realizations of the same factors that influence growth spells in the rest of the world, or because of different factors altogether? To answer this question, we examine determinants of growth spells in Africa and the rest of the world using Bayesian Mode Averaging techniques for proportional hazards models. We define growth spells as periods of sustained growth episodes between growth accelerations and decelerations and then relate the probability that a growth spell ends to various determinants including exogenous shocks, physical and human capital, macroeconomic policy, and sociopolitical factors. Our analysis suggests that determinants of growth spells in Africa are different from those in the rest of the world. The majority of the identified robust determinants have a distinct impact in only one of the two samples: initial income, terms of trade, exchange rate undervaluation and inflation, influence spells only in the world sample, while openness and droughts seem to only affect Africa. In addition, a few common determinants - proxies for human and physical capital and changes in the world interest rate - have very different marginal effects in the two samples.
Notes:
Description based on print version record.
Contributor:
Tsangarides, Charalambos G.
Other format:
Print Version:
ISBN:
1475510225:
9781475510225
ISSN:
1018-5941
Publisher Number:
10.5089/9781475510225.001
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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