Industrial Employment, Investment Equipment and Economic Growth
The industrialization of labour is the main engine of growth during the early stages of economic development. In less developed countries, equipment investment has played a less important role than non-equipment investment; and it has only proved growth enhancing when it either encountered a substantial industrial labour force or fostered a large increase in the share of industrial employment. These findings draw attention to the effects of investment on the composition of the labour force; and unlike recent claims emphasizing industrialization via equipment investment, they suggest that employment industrialization policies may hold the key to success in the LDC world.
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