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Total Factor Productivity Growth in East Asia: Implications for the Future

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  • Jong-il Kim

    (Department of Economics Dongguk University Seoul, Korea,)

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The total factor productivity (TFP) growth controversy and the recent economic crisis raise many questions about the future growth of East Asia. Our analysis of historical experiences shows that low TFP growth in the East Asian newly industrialized economies (NIEs) is a natural pattern of growth at the initial phase of industrialization. Empirical evidence shows that East Asian NIEs in recent decades have been proceeding toward an efficiency-based growth as developed countries did some time ago. The history of Latin America, however, indicates that the reform of old-fashioned institutions is needed if East Asia is to follow the path of the developed countries. Copyright (c) 2002 Center for International Development at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Jong-il Kim, 2002. "Total Factor Productivity Growth in East Asia: Implications for the Future," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 1(2), pages 50-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:asiaec:v:1:y:2002:i:2:p:50-70
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    1. Suk Choi & Christopher Williams, 2014. "The impact of innovation intensity, scope, and spillovers on sales growth in Chinese firms," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 31(1), pages 25-46, March.
    2. B. Bhaskara Rao & Artur Tamazian & Rup Singh, 2010. "What is the long run growth rate of the East Asian Tigers?," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(12), pages 1205-1208.

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