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CEP discussion paper
Cross Country Growth Comparison: Theory to Empirics
Danny Quah
February 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0442:
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Tags: convergence; cross-section; regression; distribution dynamics; endogenous growth

This paper reviews the cross-country record of economic growth, using as organizing framework how economic theory has guided that empirical analysis. The paper argues that recent studies of economic growth û both empirical and theoretical û distinguish from previous work in three distinct ways: 1. An explicit focus on cross-country growth and development experiences; 2. Improved, more extensive cross-country data; 3. A heightened need, driven by real-world topicality, for understanding the role of knowledge and technology in economic growth.