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Should Latin America Fear China?

  • Eduardo Lora

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This paper compares growth conditions in China and Latin America to assess fears that China will displace Latin America in the coming decades. China`s strengths include the size of the economy, macroeconomic stability, abundant low-cost labor, the rapid expansion of physical infrastructure, and the ability to innovate. China`s weaknesses, stemming from insufficient separation between market and state, include poor corporate governance, a fragile financial system and misallocation of savings. Both regions share important weaknesses: the rule of law is weak, corruption endemic, and education is poor and very poorly distributed.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4409.

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Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4409
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