Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability

Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy, and Viability

by Justin Yifu Lin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521735513

ISBN-13: 9780521735513

Pub. Date: 02/12/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521735513
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/12/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; 1. Development, transition and divergence; 2. The search for a fundamental and changeable cause of prosperity; 3. Aspiration and social thought of modernization; 4. Development strategy, viability and performance; 5. Viability and strategies of transition; 6. Development strategy and development and transition performances: empirical analysis; 7. Why are East Asian economies so special? Are there any general lessons to be learned from East Asian development and transition experiences?; 8. Toward a right development and transition strategy; Appendix I. Development strategy and economic institutions in developing countries; Appendix II. Data description; References; Index.

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