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Why do More Open Economies Have Bigger Governments?
  • D. Rodrik
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • 1 April 1996
There exists a positive correlation between an economy's exposure to international trade and the size of its government. The correlation holds for most measures of government spending, in low‐as wellExpand
What you export matters
When local cost discovery generates knowledge spillovers, specialization patterns become partly indeterminate and the mix of goods that a country produces may have important implications for economicExpand
The Real Exchange Rate and Economic Growth
I show that undervaluation of the currency (a high real exchange rate) stimulates economic growth. This is true particularly for developing countries. This finding is robust to using differentExpand
Has Globalization Gone Too Far
Globalization is exposing social fissures between those with the education, skills, and mobility to flourish in an unfettered world market--the apparent "winners"--and those without. These apparentExpand
The Real Exchange Rate and Economic Growth
I show that undervaluation of the currency (a high real exchange rate) stimulates economic growth. This is true particularly for developing countries. This finding is robust to using differentExpand
Premature deindustrialization
I document a significant deindustrialization trend in recent decades that goes considerably beyond the advanced, post-industrial economies. The hump-shaped relationship between industrializationExpand
Where Did All the Growth Go? External Shocks, Social Conflict, and Growth Collapses
This article argues that domestic social conflicts are a key to understanding why growth rates lack persistence and why so many countries have experienced a growth collapse since the mid-1970s. ItExpand
Industrial Policy for the Twenty-First Century
Unlike what is commonly believed, the last two decades have not witnessed the twilight of industrial policy. Instead, incentives and subsidies have been refocused on exports and direct foreignExpand
Economic Development as Self-Discovery
In the presence of uncertainty about what a country can be good at producing, there can be great social value to discovering costs of domestic activities because such discoveries can be easilyExpand
Globalization, Structural Change and Productivity Growth
Large gaps in labor productivity between the traditional and modern parts of the economy are a fundamental reality of developing societies. In this paper, we document these gaps, and emphasize thatExpand
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