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Does Trade Openness Affect the Speed of Output Convergence? Some Empirical Evidence

David Giles () and Chad N. Stroomer ()
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Chad N. Stroomer: Department of Economics, University of Victoria, https://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/economics/

No 509, Econometrics Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Victoria

Abstract: In this paper we develop flexible techniques for measuring the speed of output convergence between countries when such convergence may be of an unknown non-linear form. We then calculate these convergence speeds for various countries, in terms of half-lives, using a time-series data-set for 88 countries. These calculations are based on both nonparametric kernel regression and ‘fuzzy’ regression, and the results are compared with more restrictive estimates based on the assumption of linear convergence. The calculated half-lives are regressed, again in various flexible ways, on cross-section data for the degree of openness to trade. We find evidence that favours the hypothesis that increased trade openness is associated with a faster rate of convergence in output between countries.

Keywords: Trade openness; output convergence; fuzzy clustering; robust regression; Lyapunov coefficient (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C21 C22 F15 F43 O4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2005-07-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev and nep-int
Note: ISSN 1485-6441
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