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Technological Gaps, De-Industrialisation and Catching-Up: Is the Chilean Case a Paradox?

A paradox seems to emerge about the extraordinary Chilean growth performance during the last two decades. Indeed, the export-led growth model was based on the export of natural resource based products characterized by low-income elasticity of demand while the productive structure was suffering a strong de-industrialization process. The paper is divided into two main parts. In the first one, the current Chilean international specialisation pattern is critically examined adopting several different approaches. In the second, a stylised ricardian-evolutionary model, accounting for the qualitative and quantitative analysis developed, is offered as an interpretative framework for the actual Chilean long-run growth possibilities.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 131.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2002
Date of revision: Jul 2002
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp131
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