Diverse Development Paths and Structural Transformation in the Escape from Poverty

Hardcover | May 21, 2016

EditorMartin Andersson, Tobias Axelsson

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This volume analyzes the experiences of developing countries in Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and examines how they might catch up.Based on growth performance across the developing world over the last five decades, it offers a thorough account of the possibilities to engage in such processes in an increasingly globalized world. Together, the chapters highlight the diversity and variation of development pathways and providevaluable lessons and implications for how to approach this difficult question. The book shows the importance of acknowledging that the process of development is dynamic and that the possibilities for catch up are situation dependent. At the same time it makes clear that without structural change,and in particular agricultural transformation, sustained catch up is unlikely to happen. The volume demonstrates how analysis of current growth processes in developing countries can be enriched by paying closer attention to the multifaceted nature of both economic backwardness and successful pathways to escape it.

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This volume analyzes the experiences of developing countries in Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and examines how they might catch up.Based on growth performance across the developing world over the last five decades, it offers a thorough account of the possibilities to engage in such processes in an increasingly globalized...

Martin Andersson is Associate Professor in Economic History at Lund University. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and has been a Marie Curie post-doc at EUI in Florence and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. His research interests include agricultural development and the relation between economic growth, poverty reductio...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1: Structural Transformation and Catching Up1. Martin Andersson and Tobias Axelsson: Diversity of Development Paths and Structural Transformation in Historical Perspective: An Introduction2. Lennart Schon: Structural Change and Catching Up: The Relative Small Country Advantage3. Justin Yifu Lin: The Latecomer Advantages and Disadvantages: A New Structural Economics Perspective4. C. Peter Timmer: The Role of Agriculture in Catching Up: A Gerschenkronian PerspectivePart 2: Diversity in Development5. Christer Gunnarsson: Misinterpreting the East Asian Miracles: A Gerschenkronian perspective on substitution and advantages of backwardness in the industrialization of Eastern Asia6. Anne Booth: Southeast Asia: The Half-Way Miracles?7. Luis Bertola: Catching Up: Now and Then: Has Latin America Changed Tracks?8. Lee Alston and Bernardo Mueller: Economic Backwardness and Catching Up: Brazilian Agriculture, 1964-20149. Gareth Austin: Is Africa too Late for 'Late Development'? Gerschenkron South of the Sahara10. Erik Thorbecke and Yusi Ouyang: Is Sub-Saharan Africa Finally Catching Up?11. Martin Andersson and Tobias Axelsson: Relative Economic Backwardness and Catching up: Lessons from History, Implications for Development Thinking