Protection for sale in a developing country : democracy vs. dictatorship

Mitra, Devashish, Thomakos, Dimitrios D. and Ulubasoglu, Mehmet 2002, Protection for sale in a developing country : democracy vs. dictatorship, Review of economics and statistics, vol. 84, no. 3, pp. 497-508, doi: 10.1162/003465302320259493.

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Title Protection for sale in a developing country : democracy vs. dictatorship
Author(s) Mitra, Devashish
Thomakos, Dimitrios D.
Ulubasoglu, MehmetORCID iD for Ulubasoglu, Mehmet
Journal name Review of economics and statistics
Volume number 84
Issue number 3
Start page 497
End page 508
Publisher MIT Press
Place of publication Cambridge, MA
Publication date 2002-08
ISSN 0034-6535
Summary For a "genuine" small open economy that has experienced both dictatorship and democracy, we find support for the predictions of the Grossman-Helpman (1994) "Protection for Sale" model. In contrast to previous studies, we use various protection measures (including tariffs, the direct measure of the theoretical model) and perform both single-year and panel regressions. Using Turkish industry-level data, the government's weight on welfare is estimated to be much larger than that on contributions. More importantly, we find that this weight is generally higher for the democratic regime than for dictatorship.
Notes Posted Online March 13, 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1162/003465302320259493
Field of Research 140210 International Economics and International Finance
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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