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Has Latin America's Post-reform Growth Been Disappointing? Dataset

Authors:William R. Easterly  and Norman V. Loayza
Web Address:Macroeconomics and Growth
Topics:Macroeconomic & Economic Growth

"Has Latin America America's Post-reform Growth Been Disappointing?", Journal of International Economics, November 1, 1997.

After years of poor economic performance, many Latin American countries undertook ambitious programs of macroeconomic stabilization and structural reform during recent years. The change in policy created high expectations for the region. Some observers question, however, whether actual growth outcomes in several Latin American countries have measured up to such expectations. This paper offers some evidence that the response of economic growth to reforms in Latin America has not been disappointing. Because of the significant changes in policies achieved in Latin America by the 1990s and in spite of the global slowdown, Latin America did well to return to its historic rate of growth of 2 percent per capita in 1990-93. Latin America growth has responded to changes in policy variables as would have been predicted by the experience of other times and places, as summarized by a panel regression spanning all countries and multi-year periods from 1960 to 1993. In order to obtain consistent estimates of the parameters linking policy variables and growth, this paper uses a dynamic panel methodology that both controls for unobserved time- and country-specific effects and accounts for the likely joint endogeneity of the explanatory variables.

The data is in Excel and Lotus format.

Variables included are:

GROWTH: average annual GDP growth rate
OPN: average (real exports + real imports) / real GDP
INFA: average annual inflation rate
INVT: average real investment / real GDP
M2: average (M2/end of year CPI) / (GDP/ average year CPI)
LGDP: lagged real GDP (for example LGDP corresponding to period 1971-75 is the real GDP for 970)
EDUSEC: average years of secondary schooling in the population 15 years of age and older.
BMP: average black-market premium on foreign exchange
TOT: average change in the terms of trade
PPU: average population growth rate

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