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Catch-up in Institutional Quality: An Empirical Assessment

Usman Khalid

No 2016-04, Discussion Papers from University of Nottingham, CREDIT

Abstract: There is a growing consensus among economists and policy makers that institutions matter for economic development and that institutional reforms should be a priority for developing economies. Considering the emphasis on institutional reforms, this study asks whether a catch-up in institutional quality has occurred across countries. The study uses data on 81 countries from 1985 to 2010 and tests the catch-up hypothesis using three different measures of institutional quality that capture both political and economic dimensions of institutions. The results indicate that a catch-up in economic institutional quality has occurred and that most countries with weak economic institutions have a higher rate of change than that of countries with strong economic institutions. In contrast, for political institutions, the catch-up process lasts only a few years.

Keywords: catch-up; institutional change; institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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