Stochastic Growth: Empirical Evidence from the G7 Countries
Posted: 20 Jul 1999
This paper provides a methodological contribution to the empirical literature on stochastic economic growth. The augmented Solow-Swan model with stochastic capital accumulation rates and labor force growth implies that the steady-state labor productivity level towards which an economy converges varies over time and across countries, and the adjustment process towards long-run equilibrium follows a nonlinear process. Using post-war data for the G7 countries, we provide strong empirical evidence supporting the existence of the long-run relationship implied by the augmented Solow-Swan model. Moreover, the hypothesis of linearity of the adjustment towards long-run equilibrium is rejected in favor of a logistic smooth transition autoregressive process.
JEL Classification: E30, O10
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