Export and Economic Growth Nexus in the GCC Countries: A panel Data Approach

hatem Hatef abdulkadhim, Sazan Taher Saeed

Abstract


The export and economic growth nexus, which is called Balassa’s Export-Led Growth Hypothesis (ELGH)  in the literature, is still an unstill issue in both the theoretical and empirical literature. In the present study, the effect of export on economic growth in  oil exporting developing countries, namely, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar,  Kuwait, UAE, and Oman in the 1990–2014 period was tested based on three models, pooled ordinary least squares (POLS), fixed effects model (FEM), and random effects model (REM)  via panel data analysis . The findings revealed strong support for the “export-led growth” hypothesis. In addition, our results show that apart from growth in the labor force, investments in capital formation are necessary for economic growth. According to the obtained results, the ability to adopt technological changes in order to increase efficiency, and sustain economic development is also important. 


Keywords


Export, Economic Growth, GCC Countries, Panel Data Analysis

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Prof., Dr. Hussain Ali Bekhet, Malaysia, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, College of Graduate Studies. Email Profhussain@uniten.edu.my and drbekhet1953@hotmail.com. Tel:0060162645042.

Prof., Dr. Thamer M. Zaidan Alany, Cairo, Egypt, Professor of Econometrics, And Director of Economic Relation Department, League of Arab States League of Arab States, P.O. Box 11642,. Email: thameralany@hotmail.com. Tel:00201221761119.

Mohamed Khaled Al-Jafari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Department of Accounting and Finance, College of Business Administration, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.E-mail: aljafarimohamedkhaled@yahoo.com. Tel: +966-530052740.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/ijbsr.v7i12.1084

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