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A journey through the secret history of the Flying Geese Model

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  • Kumagai, Satoru
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    Economic development in East Asia is characterized by the sequential "take-off" of member countries. This multi-tiered economic development in East Asia is often termed the “Flying Geese†pattern of economic development. However, some authors argue that the traditional Flying Geese pattern is not applicable to some industries such as electronics. Here, Japan may no longer be the sole "leading goose", with "followers" such as China (now producing cutting-edge products) having "caught-up". Does this mean that the Flying Geese Model has become "obsolete" in the 21st century? The main objective of this paper is to clarify the two concepts of Flying Geese which now seem confused: (1) application of the pattern of economic development in one specific country, and (2) application of the pattern of economic development to multiple countries in sequence. This paper provides validity checks of Flying Geese Models after differentiating these two concepts more clearly

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    Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 158.

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    Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 158. 2008.6
    Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper158

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    Keywords: East Asia; Southeast Asia; Economic development; Development theory; Flying Geese Model;

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    1. Jianqing, Ruan & Zhang, Xiaobo, 2010. "Do geese migrate domestically?: Evidence from the Chinese textile and apparel industry," IFPRI discussion papers 1040, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Naved Hamid & Sarah Hayat, 2012. "The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Pakistan’s Trade with China and Other Neighbors," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 17(Special E), pages 271-292, September.

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