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Growth slowdowns and the middle-income trap

Shekhar Aiyar, Romain Duval (), Damien Puy (), Yiqun Wu () and Longmei Zhang

Japan and the World Economy, 2018, vol. 48, issue C, 22-37

Abstract: In this study we examine the middle-income trap as a special case of growth slowdowns. We identify slowdowns as large sudden and sustained deviations from the growth path predicted by a basic conditional convergence framework. We then examine their determinants by means of probit regressions, looking into the role of institutions, demography, infrastructure, the macroeconomic environment, output structure and trade structure. Two variants of Bayesian Model Averaging are used as robustness checks. The results—including some that speak to the special status of middle-income countries—are then used to derive policy implications.

Keywords: Growth; Slowdown; Middle income trap; Bayesian model averaging; Probit regression (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O40 O47 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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