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Stages of Diversification

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  • Jean Imbs
  • Romain Wacziarg

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This paper studies the evolution of sectoral concentration in relation to the level of per capita income. We show that various measures of sectoral concentration follow a U-shaped pattern across a wide variety of data sources: countries first diversify, in the sense that economic activity is spread more equally across sectors, but there exists, relatively late in the development process, a point at which they start specializing again. We discuss this finding in light of existing theories of trade and growth, which generally predict a monotonic relationship between income and diversification.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 93 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 63-86

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:93:y:2003:i:1:p:63-86

Note: DOI: 10.1257/000282803321455160
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