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Early progress on the "problem of economic development"

  • James A. Schmitz, Jr.
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    This study describes recent attempts to solve what Lucas has called the "problem of economic development"—the problem of accounting for the great disparity in per-capita output across countries. The study examines a number of economic development theories, including the neoclassical theory of growth, which relies on cross-country differences in physical capital per person to explain the disparity, and newer theories, which stress cross-country differences in human capital, or education. It is argued that these models cannot account for observed per-capita output diversity. More promising theories are those that stress differences in incentives for entrepreneurs to create businesses (i.e., business capital) and adopt new technologies.

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    Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in its journal Quarterly Review.

    Volume (Year): (1993)
    Issue (Month): Spr ()
    Pages: 17-35

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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedmqr:y:1993:i:spr:p:17-35:n:v.17no.2
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