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Words speak louder than actions: The impact of politics on economic performance

Steffen Osterloh ()

No 10-092, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract: In this paper, a new approach to disclose the impact of politics on economic growth is presented: we use data derived from content analysis of party manifestos as measures of party preferences. In a panel of 23 OECD countries, we detect a positive impact of party support for various market-liberal policies on economic performance. In particular, we show that parties which were more concerned with market interventions and - to a lesser extent - welfare state policies impacted on growth negatively; those which proposed incentives for business as well as technology and infrastructure had a positive impact. Moreover, the robustness of the results is demonstrated in a model averaging framework.

Keywords: economic growth; political economy; ideology; panel data; model averaging (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H11 O40 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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