Geography Versus Institutions: New Perspectives on the Growth of Africa and the Middle East
Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Forthcoming
Posted: 28 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 26, 2013
This article examines the growth performance of Africa and the Middle East for the period 1990-2005. It employs a Bayesian Model Averaging method that constructs estimates as a weighted average of Spatial Autoregressive estimates for every possible combination of included variables. One of the results of the paper is that the inclusion of spatial dependencies has a direct impact on the determinants of growth in Africa and the Middle East. A main contribution of this article is to consider geographical effects in a more flexible way, which allows an enriched comprehension of the role of institutional factors in explaining low economic development.
JEL Classification: 011, 015, C11
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