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The Flying Geese Paradigm: A Critical Study Of Its Application To East Asian Regional Development

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  • Shigehisa Kasahara

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It is often claimed that what is popularly known as the “flying geese paradigm” of dynamic comparative advantage has accurately depicted the East Asian catching-up process. This paper presents a critical study of the paradigm, as well as its application to the current situation in East Asian economic hierarchy. The paper first presents the various versions of the paradigm, and discusses similarities and differences among them. It then evaluates the application of the paradigm to the East Asian regional development context by identifying major theoretical, conceptual and empirical problems that come with it. It is the author’s hope that the arguments presented in this paper will contribute to the further enrichment of future discussions on the East Asian development experience.

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Paper provided by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in its series UNCTAD Discussion Papers with number 169.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:unc:dispap:169

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