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Sharp Instrument: A Stab at Identifying the Causes of Economic Growth

Reda Cherif, Fuad Hasanov and Lichen Wang

No 18/117, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: We shed new light on the determinants of growth by tackling the blunt and weak instrument problems in the empirical growth literature. As an instrument for each endogenous variable, we propose average values of the same variable in neighboring countries. This method has the advantage of producing variable-specific and time-varying—namely, “sharp”—and strong instruments. We find that export sophistication is the only robust determinant of growth among standard growth determinants such as human capital, trade, financial development, and institutions. Our results suggest that other growth determinants may be important to the extent they help improve export sophistication.

Keywords: Economic growth; Econometric models; Exports; Gross capital formation; Export sector; Export growth; Patterns of trade; Export sophistication,Weak instrument,Models with Panel Data,Single Equation Models: Single Variables: Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation,t-test,p-value,endogenous variable,GMM,real GDP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24
Date: 2018-05-21
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