2015

What Matters for Growth in Europe? Institutions versus Policies, Quality versus Instability

Särtryck nr 2015:9

Författare: Niclas Berggren, Andreas Bergh och Christian BjørnskovÅr: 2015 Publikation: Journal of Economic Policy Reform Årgång (nr): 18 (1) Sidor: 69–88
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We study how the quality and instability of institutions and policies affect economic growth in 35 European countries. While stability entails valuable predictability, instability can reflect reforms that offer positive long-run consequences. We construct measures of quality and instability for a panel of countries for 1984–2009. Results suggest that the quality of policy is growth-promoting. Notably, this positive effect becomes larger the more unstable policies are. The findings suggest that for European countries, the benefits of policy flexibility – due to experimentation and learning or making rent seeking more difficult – dominate the costs of reduced predictability.


Referens:
Berggren, Niclas, Andreas Bergh och Christian Bjørnskov (2015), "What Matters for Growth in Europe? Institutions versus Policies, Quality versus Instability". Journal of Economic Policy Reform 18(1), 69–88.

Niclas Berggren

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Andreas Bergh

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Christian Bjørnskov

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Lars Calmfors

Forskningsområden: Arbetsmarknads- och makroekonomi.

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  • Orsaker till arbetslöshet?
  • Hur fungerar EMU?
  • Hur kan olika institutionella arrangemang bidra till en lämplig finanspolitik? 

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