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Some Small Countries Do It Better : Rapid Growth and Its Causes in Singapore, Finland, and Ireland


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  • Shahid Yusuf
  • Kaoru Nabeshima


This book is an outcome of a series of study visits to Singapore for African policy makers initiated by Jee-Peng Tan in 2005 with support from Tommy Koh in Singapore and Birger Fredriksen, Yaw Ansu, and Dzingai Mutumbuka at the World Bank. Starting in the 1960s-earlier if Japan is included-a number of East Asian economies began achieving growth rates well above the average and were able to maintain that pace until nearly the end of the 1990s. Countries, large and small, have struggled to imitate the industrial prowess of the East Asian pacesetters and to exploit the opportunities presented by globalization to expand exports. But approximating the East Asian benchmarks has proven difficult, and growth accelerations have tended to be remarkably transient.

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This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 2243 and published in 2012.

ISBN: 978-0-8213-8846-4
Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:2243

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Keywords: Information and Communication Technologies - ICT Policy and Strategies Private Sector Development - E-Business Technology Industry Macroeconomics and Economic Growth - Economic Theory & Research Environment - Environmental Economics & Policies Industry;


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  1. Smita Kuriakose, 2013. "Fostering Entrepreneurship in Armenia," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, The World Bank, number 15783, February.
  2. World Bank, 2011. "Fostering Technology Absorption in Southern African Enterprises," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, The World Bank, number 2356, August.
  3. Hosono, Akio, 2013. "Industrial Strategy And Economic Transformation:," Working Papers, JICA Research Institute 1002, JICA Research Institute.


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