Trade liberalisation and growth: A threshold exploration

Rod Falvey, Neil Foster-McGregor, Ahmed Khalid

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Openness and trade liberalisation variables are consistently estimated to have significant positive coefficients in panel growth regressions. Many arguments have been advanced as to why and how more open or liberalised economies might grow faster, but the specific channels this process uses have begun to be investigated only recently. We continue these efforts by including a variable identifying the date of trade liberalisation in a system of equations that captures the determinants of growth in per capita income. Four 'channels' are considered: capital formation, the share of government, the economy's openness to trade and its price distortions. We include the liberalisation variable in the equation explaining each channel, and allow for thresholds on its coefficient depending on the 'years since liberalisation'. These estimated coefficients can also differ by region. In this way, we can identify the channels through which trade liberalisation affects growth and uncover the timing of the adjustments involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-252
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of the Asia Pacific Economy
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Fingerprint

trade liberalization
liberalization
capital formation
economy
income
determinants
regression

Cite this

Falvey, Rod ; Foster-McGregor, Neil ; Khalid, Ahmed. / Trade liberalisation and growth : A threshold exploration. In: Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy. 2013 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 230-252.
@article{356ea473a7ba4733aab6796363b72736,
title = "Trade liberalisation and growth: A threshold exploration",
abstract = "Openness and trade liberalisation variables are consistently estimated to have significant positive coefficients in panel growth regressions. Many arguments have been advanced as to why and how more open or liberalised economies might grow faster, but the specific channels this process uses have begun to be investigated only recently. We continue these efforts by including a variable identifying the date of trade liberalisation in a system of equations that captures the determinants of growth in per capita income. Four 'channels' are considered: capital formation, the share of government, the economy's openness to trade and its price distortions. We include the liberalisation variable in the equation explaining each channel, and allow for thresholds on its coefficient depending on the 'years since liberalisation'. These estimated coefficients can also differ by region. In this way, we can identify the channels through which trade liberalisation affects growth and uncover the timing of the adjustments involved.",
author = "Rod Falvey and Neil Foster-McGregor and Ahmed Khalid",
year = "2013",
month = "5",
doi = "10.1080/13547860.2013.778157",
language = "English",
volume = "18",
pages = "230--252",
journal = "Journal of the Asian Pacific Economy",
issn = "1354-7860",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "2",

}

Trade liberalisation and growth : A threshold exploration. / Falvey, Rod; Foster-McGregor, Neil; Khalid, Ahmed.

In: Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 18, No. 2, 05.2013, p. 230-252.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Trade liberalisation and growth

T2 - A threshold exploration

AU - Falvey, Rod

AU - Foster-McGregor, Neil

AU - Khalid, Ahmed

PY - 2013/5

Y1 - 2013/5

N2 - Openness and trade liberalisation variables are consistently estimated to have significant positive coefficients in panel growth regressions. Many arguments have been advanced as to why and how more open or liberalised economies might grow faster, but the specific channels this process uses have begun to be investigated only recently. We continue these efforts by including a variable identifying the date of trade liberalisation in a system of equations that captures the determinants of growth in per capita income. Four 'channels' are considered: capital formation, the share of government, the economy's openness to trade and its price distortions. We include the liberalisation variable in the equation explaining each channel, and allow for thresholds on its coefficient depending on the 'years since liberalisation'. These estimated coefficients can also differ by region. In this way, we can identify the channels through which trade liberalisation affects growth and uncover the timing of the adjustments involved.

AB - Openness and trade liberalisation variables are consistently estimated to have significant positive coefficients in panel growth regressions. Many arguments have been advanced as to why and how more open or liberalised economies might grow faster, but the specific channels this process uses have begun to be investigated only recently. We continue these efforts by including a variable identifying the date of trade liberalisation in a system of equations that captures the determinants of growth in per capita income. Four 'channels' are considered: capital formation, the share of government, the economy's openness to trade and its price distortions. We include the liberalisation variable in the equation explaining each channel, and allow for thresholds on its coefficient depending on the 'years since liberalisation'. These estimated coefficients can also differ by region. In this way, we can identify the channels through which trade liberalisation affects growth and uncover the timing of the adjustments involved.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84876050424&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/13547860.2013.778157

DO - 10.1080/13547860.2013.778157

M3 - Article

VL - 18

SP - 230

EP - 252

JO - Journal of the Asian Pacific Economy

JF - Journal of the Asian Pacific Economy

SN - 1354-7860

IS - 2

ER -