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Openness, Country Size and the Government

Alberto Alesina, Romain Wacziarg

NBER Working Paper No. 6024
Issued in April 1997
NBER Program(s):   EFG   ME   PE

This paper shows that smaller countries have larger public sectors as a share of GDP, and are also more open to trade. These empirical observations are consistent with recent theoretical models explaining country formation and break up.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6024

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Romain Wacziarg. "Openness, Country Size And Government," Journal of Public Economics, 1998, v69(3,Sep), 305-321.

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