Trade Liberalisation, Economic Crises and Growth
Bond University - Department of Economics
University of Vienna - Department of Economics
University of Nottingham - School of Economics
Many economic reforms are undertaken at a time of economic crisis. But is this a good time to undertake trade reform? In this paper we investigate whether an economic crisis at the time of trade liberalization affects a country's subsequent growth performance. We employ threshold regression techniques on five crisis indicators commonly used in the literature, to identify the relevant "crisis values" and to estimate the differential post-liberalization growth effects in the crisis and non-crisis regimes. We find that the post-liberalization growth depends on the characteristics of the crisis. Broadly speaking, an internal crisis implies lower growth and an external crisis higher growth relative to the non-crisis regime. These effects appear to be present in both the short and longer runs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: Trade liberalisation, Growth, Crises
JEL Classification: F14, 040working papers series
Date posted: April 21, 2008
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