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Kuznets and Pasinetti on the Study of Structural Transformation: Never the Twain Shall Meet?

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  • Moshe Syrquin

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The main characteristics of the economic growth of nations are a sustained increase in the growth of output and factor productivity and a widespread process of structural transformation. In this paper I contrast two of the few important authors that do not ignore structural change: Kuznets and Pasinetti. Over several decades the two approaches have developed in an almost orthogonal manner. I discuss the reasons and evaluate the use of the approaches in the study of economic development.

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Paper provided by ICER - International Centre for Economic Research in its series ICER Working Papers with number 46-2007.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:icr:wpicer:46-2007

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Cited by:
  1. Matteo Lucchese, 2011. "Innovation, demand and structural change in Europe," Working Papers 1109, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini, revised 2011.
  2. Olczyk, Magdalena & Lechman, Ewa, 2011. "Structural convergence among selected European countries. Multidimensional analysis," MPRA Paper 33656, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Massimiliano Mazzanti & Antonio Musolesi, 2012. "Breaking Environmental Kuznets Curves. Evaluating Energy and Policy Time Events Effects on CO2 Trends for Advanced Countries," Working Papers 201214, University of Ferrara, Department of Economics.
  4. Nobuya Haraguchi & Gorazd Rezonja, 2011. "Emerging Patterns of Manufacturing Structural Change," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Working Paper W, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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