All Rights Reserved
AccessEcon LLC 2006, 2008.
Powered by MinhViet JSC
ralph lauren polo

 
Serdar Birinci
 
''Trade openness, growth, and informality: Panel VAR evidence from OECD economies''
( 2013, Vol. 33 No.1 )
 
 
This paper analyzes empirically the linkages between trade openness, economic growth, and the size of the informal economy. I employ panel VAR techniques in a quarterly panel data set composed of 12 advanced economies over the period from 1964:1 to 2010:4 allowing bi-directional interaction between the variables in the system in order to address the endogeneity problem. The results provide evidence that there is a positive bi-directional relationship between GDP growth and trade openness. Second, fluctuations of GDP growth are explained by the size of the informal economy, while the impact of GDP growth on the size of the informal economy is not found to be robust with respect to change in VAR order. Moreover, the size of the informal economy affects GDP growth more than openness, and the causality from openness to GDP growth is slightly stronger than the causality from GDP growth to openness. Finally, there is no conclusive, robust evidence regarding the interaction between the size of the informal economy and trade openness.
 
 
Keywords: informal sector, openness, growth, panel VAR
JEL: F4 - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance: General
E6 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General
 
Manuscript Received : Jan 16 2013 Manuscript Accepted : Mar 12 2013

  This abstract has been downloaded 799 times                The Full PDF of this paper has been downloaded 104262 times