Government size, institutions, and export performance among OECD economies

Bournakis, Ioannis and Tsoukis, Christopher (2016) Government size, institutions, and export performance among OECD economies. Economic Modelling, 53 . pp. 37-47. ISSN 0264-9993

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Abstract

With a panel of 18 OECD countries, 1980-2005, we investigate the determinants of export performance, in particular the effects of the size of government and institutional features. In a model of endogenous extent of domestically-produced goods, government size has a non-linear effect on export performance; the export-maximising size of government (tax receipts) is around 40-45% of GDP; the best size of productive government spending is around 16% of GDP. Product market and labour market-related rigidities affect negatively the export performance both on their own and via a negative effect on the effectiveness of R&D and slow down the speed of adjustment. Among traditional variables, relative unit labour cost, R&D shares in GDP, TFP growth and human capital show up significantly and with the expected signs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper presented in the 45th Annual Conference of the Money, Macro and Finance Research Group
Keywords (uncontrolled): Export shares, government size, institutions, unit labour cost, competitiveness
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 19191
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Depositing User: Ioannis Bournakis
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 13:05
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 12:33
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19191

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