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The Mauritian Success Story and its Lessons

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  • Subramanian, Arvind

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This paper examines different explanations.initial conditions, openness to trade and FDI, and institutions.of the Mauritian growth experience since the mid-1970s. We show that arguments based on openness to trade and FDI are either misleading or incomplete. Even when correctly articulated, openness appears to be a proximate rather than an underlying explanation for the Mauritian experience. The institution-based explanation offers greater promise. Ultimately, however, the econometric results indicate that existing explanations may be incomplete. Some idiosyncratic factors, particularly Mauritian diversity and the responses to managing it, may provide the missing pieces in the story of Mauritius.s success.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper RP2009/36.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:rp2009-36

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Keywords: Mauritius; growth; institutions; openness;

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Cited by:
  1. Romain Houssa & Oleg Badunenko & Daniel J. Henderson, 2010. "Explaining African Growth Performance: A Production-Frontier Approach," Working Papers 1013, University of Namur, Department of Economics.
  2. Antonio David & Martin Petri, 2013. "Inclusive Growth and the Incidence of Fiscal Policy in Mauritius — Much Progress, But More Could be Done," IMF Working Papers 13/116, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Zenthöfer, A.F., 2013. "Essays on development economics," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-5906745, Tilburg University.

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