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date: 18 April 2024

Growth Econometricslocked

Growth Econometricslocked

  • Jonathan R. W. TempleJonathan R. W. TempleIndependent scholar

Summary

Growth econometrics is the application of statistical methods to the study of economic growth and levels of national output or income per head. Researchers often seek to understand why growth rates differ across countries. The field developed rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s, but the early work often proved fragile. Cross-section analyses are limited by the relatively small number of countries in the world and problems of endogeneity, parameter heterogeneity, model uncertainty, and cross-section error dependence. The long-term prospects look better for approaches using panel data. Overall, the quality of the evidence has improved over time, due to better measurement, more data, and new methods. As longer spans of data become available, the methods of growth econometrics will shed light on fundamental questions that are hard to answer any other way.

Subjects

  • Econometrics, Experimental and Quantitative Methods
  • Economic Development

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