OECD Economics Department Working Papers

ISSN :
1815-1973 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/18151973
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Working papers from the Economics Department of the OECD that cover the full range of the Department’s work including the economic situation, policy analysis and projections; fiscal policy, public expenditure and taxation; and structural issues including ageing, growth and productivity, migration, environment, human capital, housing, trade and investment, labour markets, regulatory reform, competition, health, and other issues.

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Economic Growth: The Role of Policies and Institutions

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Author(s):
Andrea Bassanini1, Stefano Scarpetta1, Philip Hemmings1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
31 Jan 2001
Bibliographic information
No.:
283
Pages
71
DOI
10.1787/722675213381

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This paper discusses links between policy settings, institutions and economic growth in OECD countries on the basis of cross-country time-series regressions. The econometric approach allows short-term adjustments and convergence speeds to vary across countries, imposing restrictions only on the long-run coefficients. In addition to the ‘primary’ influences of capital accumulation and skills embodied in the human capital, the results confirm the importance for growth of R&D activity, the macroeconomic environment, trade openness and well developed financial markets. They also confirm that many of the policy influences operate not only ‘directly’ on growth but also indirectlyviathe mobilisation of resources for fixed investment. The paper also reports some bivariate correlations between OECD indicators of product regulation and growth. They provide some supporting evidence that the negative impact of stringent regulations and administrative burden on the efficiency of product ...

Keywords:
economic growth, panel data, policy and institutions
JEL Classification:
  • N10: Economic History / Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations / General, International, or Comparative
  • O40: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity / General
  • O47: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity / Measurement of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence