In search of the Holy Grail : policy convergence, experimentation, and economic performance
Mukand, Sharun W. and Rodrik, Dani (2002) In search of the Holy Grail : policy convergence, experimentation, and economic performance. Working Paper. Cambridge, Mass: The National Bureau of Economic Research. NBER Working Papers (No.9134). (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://www.nber.org/papers/w9134
We consider a model of policy choice in which appropriate policies depend on a country’’s own
circumstances, but the presence of a successful leader generates an informational externality and results
in too little ““policy experimentation.”” Corrupt governments are reined in while honest governments are
disciplined inefficiently. Our model yields distinct predictions about the patterns of policy imitation,
corruption, and economic performance as a function of a country’’s location vis-àà-vis successful leaders.
In particular, it predicts a U-shaped pattern in economic performance as we move away from the leader
in the relevant space of characteristics: close neighbors should do very well, distant countries moderately
well on average with considerable variance, and intermediate countries worst of all. An empirical test
with the experience of post-socialist countries provides supportive results.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Series Name:||NBER Working Papers|
|Publisher:||The National Bureau of Economic Research|
|Place of Publication:||Cambridge, Mass|
|Official Date:||September 2002|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Ford Foundations, Rockefeller Foundations|
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