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External Debt and Macroeconomic Performance in South Korea

  • Susan M. Collins
  • Won Am Park
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    During 1980-1986, South Korea went from being the world's fourth largest debtor country, in the midst of an economic crisis, to a model of successful adjustment, with high growth rates and a current account surplus. This paper summarizes the findings of an in depth analysis of Korea's performance, focusing on the experience with external debt. We argue that the explanations for Korea's recovery are closely linked to the explanations for Korea's very rapid growth during the 1960s and 1970s. The centerpieces have been a comprehensive export focused investment plan with external borrowing wed to supplement domestic savings in financing the investment and an active, interventionist government policy.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2596.

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    Date of creation: May 1988
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    Publication status: published as Developing Counrtry Debt and World Economy University of Chicago Press, 1988
    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2596
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    1. Charles R. Frank Jr. & Kwang Suk Kim & Larry E. Westphal, 1975. "Foreign Trade Regimes and Economic Development: South Korea," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number fran75-1, October.
    2. Rudiger Dornbusch & Yung Chul Park, 1987. "Korean Growth Policy," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 18(2), pages 389-454.
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