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Structural Transformation in Developed and Developing Countries

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  • Bah, El-hadj M.

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Dierences in key features of the development process across rich and poor countries can provide clues to the sources of the large variation of cross- country income. Kuznets included structural transformation as one of six stylized facts of economic development, nding that developed countries all followed the same process. In this paper, I compare structural transformation processes in developed and developing countries. I nd that developing countries follow distinct structural transformation paths that deviate from that followed by developed countries. A puzzling nding is the presence of substantial sectoral changes during times of economic stagnation or decline.

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Date of creation: Nov 2007
Date of revision: 19 Sep 2008
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Keywords: Africa; Asia; Latin America; Structural Transformation; Eco- nomic Development; Structural Change;

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  1. Leisa Perch, 2010. "Maximizing Co-Benefits: Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen Equality and Poverty Reduction through Adaptation to Climate Change," Working Papers 75, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  2. El-hadj M. Bah, 2009. "A Three-Sector Model of Structural Transformation and Economic Development," DEGIT Conference Papers, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade c014_039, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.
  3. Berthold Herrendorf & Richard Rogerson & Ákos Valentinyi, 2009. "Two Perspectives on Preferences and Structural Transformation," NBER Working Papers 15416, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Herrendorf, Berthold & Rogerson, Richard & Valentinyi, Akos, 2013. "Growth and Structural Transformation," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 9370, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Leisa Perch, 2011. "Mitigation of What and by What? Adaptation by Whom and for Whom? Dilemmas in Delivering for the Poor and the Vulnerable in International Climate Policy," Working Papers 79, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

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