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Growth and investment across countries

Jess Benhabib () and Mark Spiegel ()

No 97-03, Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory from Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Abstract: This paper examines the channels through which country characteristics affect growth. We investigate whether \\"primitives,\\" or rates of factor accumulation, are sufficient statistics for economic growth, and whether \\"ancillary variables,\\" such as political instability, income distribution, and financial development, affect growth by influencing levels of investment in physical and human capital. Our results suggest that financial development is an important determinant of both total factor productivity growth and levels of investment. Political instability is also found to influence levels of physical capital accumulation. However, the impact of many of the ancillary variables on levels of investment are not very robust to the inclusion of country fixed effects.

Keywords: Economic development; Productivity; Human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1997, Revised 1997
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