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Latin America and the 'high performing Asian economies': growth and debt

  • John Weeks

    (Centre for Development Policy and Research, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK)

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    Prior to the Asian financial crisis, it was accepted wisdom to compare the growth of Latin America unfavourably to that of a selection of East and Southeast Asian countries (the so-called high performing Asian economies). This paper presents statistics that indicate that the differences in performance may have been less than as commonly presented. A modified Harrod-Domar model is applied to the Latin American countries, and the results suggest that a major determinant of slower growth in Latin America was the debt service burden. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Volume (Year): 12 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 625-654

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:12:y:2000:i:5:p:625-654
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