A Rise By Any Other Name? Sensitivity of Growth Regressions to Data Source

37 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2007

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Jan Hanousek

CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute); Charles University in Prague; Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Dana Hajkova

Czech National Bank (CNB)

Randall K. Filer

City University of New York, CUNY Hunter College - Department of Economics; Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute); University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - The William Davidson Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Measured rates of growth in real per capita income differ drastically depending on the data source. This phenomenon occurs largely because data sets differ in whether and how they adjust for changes in relative prices across countries. Replication of several recent studies of growth determinants shows that results are sensitive in important ways to the choice of data. Previous warnings against using data adjusted to increase cross-country comparability to study within-country patterns over time (growth rates) have been largely ignored at the cost of possibly contaminating the conclusions.

Keywords: growth, measurement

JEL Classification: C82, O47

Suggested Citation

Hanousek, Jan and Hajkova, Dana and Filer, Randall K., A Rise By Any Other Name? Sensitivity of Growth Regressions to Data Source (2007). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2064, William Davidson Institute Working Paper No. 889, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1002880

Jan Hanousek

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