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Can government policies increase national long-run growth rates?

John Landon-Lane () and Peter Robertson ()

Departmental Working Papers from Rutgers University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We obtain time series estimates of the long run growth rates of 17 OECD countries, and test the hypothesis that these are the same across countries. We find that we cannot reject this hypothesis for the first and last three decades of the 20th century. We conclude that: (i) there are few, if any, feasible policies available that have a significant effect on long run growth rates, and; (ii) any policies that can raise national growth rates must be international in scope. The results therefore have bleak implications for the ability of countries to affect their long run growth rates.

Keywords: Convergence; Growth; Technological Change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F0 O0 O4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002-06-19
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