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Cross-Country Evidence on the Link Between Volatility and Growth

Garey Ramey, Valerie A. Ramey

NBER Working Paper No. 4959
Issued in December 1994
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This paper presents empirical evidence against the standard dichotomy in macroeconomics that separates growth from the volatility of economic fluctuations. In a sample of 92 countries as well as a sample of OECD countries, we find that countries with higher volatility have lower growth. The addition of standard control variables strengthens the negative relationship. We also find that government spending-induced volatility is negatively associated with growth even after controlling for both time- and country-fixed effects.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4959

Published: American Economic Review, 85 (December 1995): 1138-1151 citation courtesy of

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