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The effect of economic freedom on growth revisited: New evidence on causality from a panel of countries 1970-1999

Mogens K. Justesen

European Journal of Political Economy, 2008, vol. 24, issue 3, 642-660

Abstract: Does economic freedom cause economic growth or does causality run in the reverse direction? And do all the constituent parts of economic freedom exert a causal impact on economic growth or do some freedoms matter more than others? In order to answer these questions, this paper conducts a series of Granger causality tests using panel data for the period 1970-1999. In addition, the paper discusses a number of model specification issues, e.g. lag-length selection and the importance of intervening variables. The results suggest that some (but not all) aspects economic freedom affect economic growth and investment. On the other hand, there is only weak evidence that growth affects economic freedom.

Date: 2008
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