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Singapore's economic development: Four lessons and some doubts

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  • W. G. Huff

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This paper uses a variety of data to take a close look at what lessons can be adduced from Singapore, often regarded as the world's most successful economy or even a miracle. There are indeed lessons from Singapore's remarkable growth, but the most interesting are those rarely, if ever, identified as such, which stem from government's central role in the economy. Although Singapore's economic record makes it a model to which many countries aspire, total factor productivity growth has been low. That finding, together with the particular nature of Singapore's state-directed economic growth, create some doubts as to whether an economy able to sustain high living standards in the long term has yet been fashioned.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Oxford Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 27 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 33-55

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Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:27:y:1999:i:1:p:33-55

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  1. Peter Wilson & Gavin Peebles, 2005. "Don’t Frighten the Horses – the Political Economy of Singapore’s Foreign Exchange Rate Regime since 1981," SCAPE Policy Research Working Paper Series 0506, National University of Singapore, Department of Economics, SCAPE.
  2. Mani, Sunil, 2000. "Exports of High Technology Products from Developing Countries: Is it Real or a Statistical Artifact?," UNU-INTECH Discussion Paper Series 1, United Nations University - INTECH.

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