The objective of this article is to explore the effects of crises and openness on a large sample of African countries. Focusing on sudden stops, currency, twin and sovereign debt crises, the article shows that crises are associated with growth collapses in Africa. In contrast, openness is found to be beneficial to growth. More specifically, consistent with standard Mundell–Fleming type models, greater openness to trade and financial flows is found to mitigate the adverse effects of crises. These findings are robust to various measures of both openness and crises as well as to endogeneity concerns.
|Pages (from-to)||471- 501|
|Number of pages||31|
|Journal||Journal of African Economies|
|Early online date||13 May 2015|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Aug 2015|
- financial crises
- economic integration