9780521514521

Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521514521

  • ISBN10:

    0521514525

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-16
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

In Economic Development and Transition, renowned development economist Justin Yifu Lin argues that economic performance in developing countries depends largely on government strategy. If the government plays a facilitating role, enabling firms to exploit the economy's comparative advantages, its economy will develop successfully. However, governments in most developing countries attempt to promote industries that go against their comparative advantages by creating various kinds of distortion to protect nonviable firms in priority industries. Failing to recognize the original intention of many distortions, most governments in transition economies attempt to eliminate those distortions without addressing firms' viability problems, causing economic performance to deteriorate in their transition process. Governments in successful transition economies adopt a pragmatic dual-track approach that encourages firms to enter sectors that were suppressed previously and gives necessary support to firms in priority industries before their viability issue is addressed.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vi
List of tablesp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Development, transition and divergencep. 1
The search for a fundamental and changeable cause of prosperityp. 8
Aspirations and social thought of modernisationp. 20
Development strategy, viability and performancep. 29
Viability and strategies of transitionp. 48
Development strategy, development and transition performances: empirical analysisp. 57
Why are east Asian economies so special? Are there any general lessons to be learnt from east Asian development and transition experiences?p. 81
Towards a right development and transition strategyp. 92
Development strategy and economic institutions in developing countriesp. 97
Data descriptionp. 140
Referencesp. 147
Indexp. 163
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