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When Fast Growing Economies Slow Down: International Evidence and Implications for China

  • Barry Eichengreen
  • Donghyun Park
  • Kwanho Shin

Using international data starting in 1957, we construct a sample of cases where fast-growing economies slow down. The evidence suggests that rapidly growing economies slow down significantly, in the sense that the growth rate downshifts by at least 2 percentage points, when their per capita incomes reach around $17,000 US in year-2005 constant international prices, a level that China should achieve by or soon after 2015. Among our more provocative findings is that growth slowdowns are more likely in countries that maintain undervalued real exchange rates.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16919.

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Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Publication status: published as Barry Eichengreen & Donghyun Park & Kwanho Shin, 2012. "When Fast-Growing Economies Slow Down: International Evidence and Implications for China," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 11(1), pages 42-87, February.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16919
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