Torfinn Harding

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As red tape in host countries and information asymmetries constitute a significant obstacle to investment flows across international borders, an important policy question is: what can aspiring FDI destinations do to reduce such barriers? This study uses newly collected data on 124 countries to examine the effects of investment promotion on inflows of US(More)
This Discussion Paper is issued under the auspices of the Centre's research programme in INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and not those of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Research disseminated by CEPR may include views on policy, but the Centre itself takes no institutional policy positions. The Centre for(More)
The analysis of the effect of tariffs for labor productivity faces the challenge of tariff policy endogeneity. Tariff policy is designed to promote economic development and the industrial sector tariff structure may reflect characteristics of the industries protected. We take advantage of the multilateral tariff liberalization and seek to identify the(More)
  • Jørn Rattsø, Hildegunn E. Stokke, +5 authors Francis Teal
  • 2008
The changing openness of South Africa over time invites an analysis of the trade – growth relationship. The endogenous interaction between foreign trade, investment and productivity is a challenge for the econometric studies. As an alternative approach to quantification we calibrate a Ramsey growth model to reproduce the economic development during(More)
As information asymmetries between host countries and potential foreign investors constitute a significant obstacle to investment flows across international borders, an important policy question is: what can aspiring FDI destinations do to reduce such barriers? This study uses newly collected data on 109 countries to examine the effects of investment(More)
  • Karlygash Kuralbayeva, Radoslaw Stefanski, +9 authors Xiaodong Zhu
  • 2010
We use macro crosscountry data and micro US county level data to demonstrate that resource rich regions have significantly higher TFP in manufacturing than resource poor regions, but slightly lower TFP in non-manufacturing. We suggest a process of de-specialization to explain these facts. In a standard Dutch disease story, endowments of natural resources(More)
It has been argued that CO2 emissions of poorer nations should rise above the developed world's on a per capita basis due to their ongoing industrialization. This can only occur if poorer countries have higher emission intensities than rich countries. As such, I assess how different starting dates of structural transformation affect a country's emission(More)