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Should Latin America Fear China?

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  • Eduardo Lora

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(PDF file in English available WP-531) This paper compares growth conditions in China and Latin America to assess fears that China will displace Latin America in the coming decades. China`s strengths include the size of the economy, macroeconomic stability, abundant low-cost labor, the rapid expansion of physical infrastructure, and the ability to innovate. China`s weaknesses, stemming from insufficient separation between market and state, include poor corporate governance, a fragile financial system and misallocation of savings. Both regions share important weaknesses: the rule of law is weak, corruption endemic, and education is poor and very poorly distributed.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4419.

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Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4419

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Cited by:
  1. Nanno Mulder & Rodrigo Paiilacar & Soledad Zignago, 2009. "Market Positioning of Varieties in World Trade: is Latin America Losing Out on Asia?," Working Papers 2009-09, CEPII research center.
  2. Jenkins, Rhys, 2008. "China?s Global Growth and Latin American Exports," Working Paper Series RP2008/104, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  3. De la Cruz Gallegos Jose Luis & Ivanova Boncheva Antonina & Ruiz-Porras Antonio, 2008. "Competition between Latin America and China for US Direct Investment," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 8(2), pages 1-22, June.

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