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Learning the Wealth of Nations

Francisco J. Buera, Alexander Monge-Naranjo, Giorgio E. Primiceri

NBER Working Paper No. 14595
Issued in December 2008
NBER Program(s):   EFG

We study the evolution of market-oriented policies over time and across countries. We consider a model in which own and neighbors' past experiences influence policy choices, through their effect on policymakers' beliefs. We estimate the model using a large panel of countries. We find that there is a strong geographical component to learning, which is crucial to explain the slow adoption of liberal policies during the postwar period. Our model also predicts that there would be a substantial reversal to state intervention if nowadays the world was hit by a shock of the size of the Great Depression.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w14595

Published: Francisco J. Buera & Alexander Monge‚ÄźNaranjo & Giorgio E. Primiceri, 2011. "Learning the Wealth of Nations," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 79(1), pages 1-45, 01.

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