Debt–growth nexus: a spatial econometrics approach for developing countries

Mohd Daud, Siti Nurazira and Podivinsky, Jan M. (2011) Debt–growth nexus: a spatial econometrics approach for developing countries. Transition Studies Review, 18, (1), 1-15. (doi:10.1007/s11300-011-0190-6).


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The objective of this paper is to examine the role of external debt in a country’s economic growth. With 31 developing countries divided into four regions, this paper employs the recent technique of spatial econometrics to incorporate the neighbouring effect in the debt–growth model. The empirical results reveal that the East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean and the Sub-Saharan Africa regions provide convincing evidence to support a negative relationship between the external debt and economic growth. In addition, there is evidence to support the existence of spillover growth among neighbouring countries. This suggests that the role of spatial correlation is important and should be considered for any analysis of the growth model.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s11300-011-0190-6
ISSNs: 1614-4007 (print)
1614-4015 (electronic)
Keywords: economic growth, international economics, external debt, spatial econometrics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 200055
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2011Published
26 February 2011Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 10:53
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:45

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