Openness, Country Size and the Government

29 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2000

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Alberto F. Alesina

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Romain T. Wacziarg

UCLA Anderson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 1997

Abstract

This paper shows that smaller countries have larger public sectors as a share of GDP, and are also more open to trade. These empirical observations are consistent with recent theoretical models explaining country formation and break up.

Suggested Citation

Alesina, Alberto F. and Wacziarg, Romain T., Openness, Country Size and the Government (May 1997). NBER Working Paper No. w6024. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=226434

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