Structural Differences in Economic Growth
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2008-085/4
40 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2008
Date Written: August 28, 2008
This paper addresses heterogeneity in determinants of economic growth in a data-driven way. Instead of defining groups of countries with different growth characteristics a priori, based on, for example, geographical location, we use a finite mixture panel model and endogenous clustering to examine cross-country differences and similarities in the effects of growth determinants. Applying this approach to an annual unbalanced panel of 59 countries in Asia, Latin and Middle America and Africa for the period 1971-2000, we can identify two groups of countries in terms of distinct growth structures. The structural differences between the country groups mainly stem from different effects of investment, openness measures and government share in the economy. Furthermore, the detected segmentation of countries does not match with conventional classifications in the literature.
Keywords: Economic growth, parameter heterogeneities, latent class models, panel time series
JEL Classification: C32, C33, O4, O57
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