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Catch-up cycle: A general equilibrium framework

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  • Peilin Liu
  • Shen Jia
  • Xun Zhang

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Certain stylized facts are common among successful economic latecomers: an inverse U-shaped gross domestic product and capital per capita growth rate, high growth rates during the catch-up period, and rapid structural changes. We propose, for the first time, a general equilibrium framework to document the catch-up cycle that a successful latecomer is likely to experience. We argue that technology adoption and imitation, and diminishing marginal returns to capital are the two driving forces of the catch-up cycle. The technological gap and speed/efficiency of technological catching-up are two fundamental factors for successful catching-up. This paper concludes with a case study for the People’s Republic of China and sheds light on the different policy choices at various stages of the catch-up cycle.
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  • Peilin Liu & Shen Jia & Xun Zhang, 2017. "Catch-up cycle: A general equilibrium framework," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(4), pages 1327-1340, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:21:y:2017:i:4:p:1327-1340
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    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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