An empirical analysis of cross-national economic growth, 1951-1980

Kevin B. Grier, Gordon Tullock

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Using pooled cross-section/time-series data on 113 countries, we investigate empirical regularities in post-war economic growth. We find that coefficient values vary widely across identifiable groups of countries, with evidence supporting the convergence hypothesis apparent only in the OECD country sample. Among other results, we find that the growth of government consumption is significantly negatively correlated with the economic growth in three of four subsamples, including the OECD, and that political repression is negatively correlated with growth in Africa and Central and South America.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-276
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1989


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