The Impact of Economic Freedom on Economic Growth in the SADC: An Individual Component Analysis

Working paper 327
Vsevolod I. Gorlach and Pierre Le Roux
Publication date: 
January, 2013
J.Stud.Econ.Econometrics, 2015

The SADC is attempting to achieve development and economic growth. This paper investigates the relationship between economic freedom – in aggregate and on an individual component basis – on economic growth in the SADC. The annual data for 13 SADC countries from 2000 to 2009 are used to construct a generalised method of moments, dynamic panel-data model. When cross-sectional dependence of the error term, individual- and time-specific effects are controlled, economic freedom and GDP per capita are positively related and freedom Granger-causes growth. All five individual components are highly significant and are positively related to growth; however, the magnitude of the elasticity parameters varies. The causality among the individual freedom components indicates that linkages exist between certain of these components.

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