SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Did the European Unification Induce Economic Growth? In Search of Scale-Effects and Persistent Changes
Abstract: In this paper we investigate whether the European
unification has had an impact on the Union's average labor productivity
growth. Based on a time series approach we do not find a scale-effect as
suggested by new growth theory. However, the data do not reject the
hypothesis that the EU growth experience is well described by a textbook
Solow model. Panel data estimations moreover firmly reject the idea of a
growth bonus associated with EU membership.
Keywords: Integration; economic growth; time series tests; panel data evidence; EU membership.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: E13; F02; O52; (follow links to similar papers)
29 pages, October 15, 1998
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