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Development Accounting: Lessons for Latin America

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  • Christian Daude

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This paper presents development accounting exercises in Latin America using novel databases and methods to investigate the robustness of its results. While total factor productivity initially appears to be the most important driver of output per worker gaps in Latin America and the Caribbean, this “fact” is not robust to alternative functional forms, adjustments for the quality of human capital and endogeneity considerations. The paper also highlights the heterogeneity among countries in the region and discusses alternative ways to link macroeconomic benchmarking to policies. Ce document de recherche présente des expériences analysant les facteurs à l’origine des écarts dans le niveau du PIB dont souffre l’ Amérique latine, grâce à des méthodes et des bases de données nouvelles afin d’évaluer la robustesse des résultats déjà existants. Alors que la productivité globale des facteurs apparaît dans un premier temps comme le principal responsable des écarts de l’output par travailleur en Amérique latine et les Caraïbes, ce « fait » n’est pas robuste face aux formes fonctionnelles alternatives, aux ajustements dans la qualité du capital humain et aux considérations endogènes. Ce document souligne l’hétérogénéité entre les pays de la région et discute des démarches alternatives pour établir des liens entre le benchmarking macroéconomique et les politiques.

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  • Christian Daude, 2012. "Development Accounting: Lessons for Latin America," OECD Development Centre Working Papers 313, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:devaaa:313-en
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    1. Eduardo Fernández-Arias & Sergio Rodríguez-Apolinar, 2016. "The Productivity Gap in Latin America: Lessons from 50 Years of Development," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 94097, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Christian Daude & Arne Nagengast & Jose Ramon Perea, 2016. "Productive capabilities: An empirical analysis of their drivers," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(4), pages 504-535, June.

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    Keywords

    Amérique latine; croissance économique; developing accounting; economic growth; facteurs de croissance; Latin America; productivité globale des facteurs; total factor productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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