The link between economic growth and growth volatility

Shu Chin Lin, Dong Hyeon Kim

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This paper investigates the relationship between economic growth and growth volatility through simultaneous equations system. By employing the identification through heteroskedasticity method of Rigobon (Rev Econ Stat 85:777–792, 2003) and using a panel of 158 countries over the period 1960–2010, we find that output volatility is detrimental to economic growth, suggesting that stabilization policies to mitigate short-run economic fluctuations contribute to long-run economic growth. And economic growth accelerates output variability, supporting the feedback effects from growth to the volatility. The evidence is robust to a number of sensitivity tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-63
Number of pages21
JournalEmpirical Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 2

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to R. Rigobon for kindly making available computer code. Financial support (NSC 97-2410-H-032-003) from the National Science Council of Taiwan is herewith gratefully acknowledged. The usual disclaimer applies.

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.


  • Economic growth
  • Growth volatility
  • Identification through heteroskedasticity
  • Simultaneous equations models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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