Join to Prosper?
Kyklos, Vol 72, No 2, 2019, Forthcoming
37 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2016 Last revised: 20 Oct 2018
Date Written: June 1, 2016
We ask whether EU membership has been associated with increased domestic economic growth. Using different causal identification strategies, different time periods, different country samples, and different datasets, we are unable to demonstrate the presence of a membership growth premium. This may reflect that GDP data are too noisy and/or causal identification too complicated, in which case we should remain agnostic about the EU’s growth impact. Alternatively, it may reflect that EU membership simply has no effect on prosperity.
Keywords: EU membership, economic growth, single market
JEL Classification: F43, F45, O4, P2
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