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Rethinking The Growth Diagnostics Approach: Questions From The Practitioners

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  • JESUS FELIPE

    () (Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines)

  • NORIO USUI

    (Philippines Country Office, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines)

  • ARNELYN ABDON

Abstract

The growth diagnostics methodology pioneered by Hausmannet al.(2005) is becoming a key component of the toolkit for donor agencies to formulate their operational strategies. This paper aims at clarifying the primary objectives of the approach, and at highlighting some limitations for operational use. The key to benefiting from the full potential that this approach offers lies in a proper understanding of what it does. This requires being forewarned about the indiscriminate application of the approach to any developing country, irrespective of its circumstances, for it can lead to misguided conclusions.

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  • Jesus Felipe & Norio Usui & Arnelyn Abdon, 2011. "Rethinking The Growth Diagnostics Approach: Questions From The Practitioners," Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy (JICEP), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 2(02), pages 251-276.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:jicepx:v:02:y:2011:i:02:n:s1793993311000300
    DOI: 10.1142/S1793993311000300
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    1. Gabrisch, Hubert, 2014. "The binding constraint on growth in less developed Western Balkan countries," MPRA Paper 60020, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Ricardo Hausmann & Bailey Klinger & Rodrigo Wagner, 2008. "Doing Growth Diagnostics in Practice: A 'Mindbook'," CID Working Papers 177, Center for International Development at Harvard University.
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    Keywords

    Growth diagnostics; A11; B41; O10; O20;

    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General

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