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Economic growth in low income countries: How the G20 can help to raise and sustain it


  • L. Alan Winters

    () (Department of Economics, University of Sussex)

  • Wonhyuk Lim

    () (Center for International Development, Korea)

  • Lucia Hanmer

    (Department for International Development, London)

  • Sidney Augustin

    (Department for International Development, London)


This paper aims to operationalise the G20 commitment to ensure that the benefits of global growth are shared with Low Income Countries. Growth is central to poverty reduction and the achievement of MDGs, and in developing countries it is episodic and volatile. However, while the current LICs have poor growth histories, the countries that started off the 1960s as LICs have had virtually the same average growth rates as other country groups. We review the evidence connecting long-run growth and growth accelerations and collapses to six areas of policy: trade, skills development, macro-stability, financial development, infrastructure investment and human development. Growth strategies have to be developed and owned by LIC governments and societies and they need to be tailored to individual country needs. However, there are some things which the G20 can do to help. We group these actions under three headings: mitigating downturns, boosting underlying growth rates and developing institutions and knowledge. A final annex describes how Korea’s spectacular growth strategy can be viewed through these lenses.

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  • L. Alan Winters & Wonhyuk Lim & Lucia Hanmer & Sidney Augustin, 2010. "Economic growth in low income countries: How the G20 can help to raise and sustain it," Working Paper Series 0810, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.
  • Handle: RePEc:sus:susewp:0810

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    1. Joshua Aizenman & Jaewoo Lee, 2005. "International Reserves; Precautionary vs. Mercantilist Views, Theory and Evidence," IMF Working Papers 05/198, International Monetary Fund.
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    growth; low income countries; G20;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations

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