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Developing and Transition Economies in the Late 20th Century: Diverging Growth Rates, Economic Structures, and Sources of Demand

  • Codrina Rada
  • Lance Taylor

This study reviews the growth and development performance of developing countries in the latter part of the 20th century. Sustained growth among “successful” countries was accompanied by structural change in terms of output and labour share shifts, trade diversification, sustained productivity growth with some strong reallocation effects due to movements of labour from low to high productivity sectors. Neither the widely accepted “twin deficits” nor the “consumption-smoothing” behaviour views of macro adjustment seem to apply, though macroeconomic flexibility may be very important. Finally, neither human capital accumulation nor foreign direct investment are sufficient, by themselves, to stimulate growth.

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Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 34.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:34
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  1. Rada, Codrina & Taylor, Lance, 2006. "Empty sources of growth accounting, and empirical replacements a la Kaldor and Goodwin with some beef," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 17(4), pages 486-500, December.
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  4. Lance Taylor & Codrina Rada, 2007. "CAN THE POOR COUNTRIES CATCH UP? MIXED RESULTS FROM EXTENDED SOURCES OF GROWTH PROJECTIONS FOR THE EARLY 21 st CENTURY," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 58(1), pages 127-154, 02.
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