Why do More Open Economies Have Bigger Governments?

  title={Why do More Open Economies Have Bigger Governments?},
  author={Dani Rodrik},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  pages={997 - 1032}
  • D. Rodrik
  • Published 1 April 1996
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
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