Diversity in Economic Growth


Diversity in Economic Growth

Global Insights and Explanations

9781848444393 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gary McMahon, Private Consultant, Virginia, US, Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Director, Centre for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US and Lyn Squire, Past President, Global Development Network in New Delhi, India
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84844 439 3 Extent: 456 pp
Economists have long relied on cross-country regression analysis to identify the determinants of continued growth, but with only limited success. This book demonstrates the value of a different approach.

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Economists have long relied on cross-country regression analysis to identify the determinants of continued growth, but with only limited success. This book demonstrates the value of a different approach.

The editors isolate three attributes that appear to be associated with long-term growth. First, whatever the form of the decision-making authority, all are ultimately subject to an element of political constraint: the population at large must eventually experience the benefits of growth if the authority is to remain in power. Broad-based growth is therefore required for growth to be sustained. Second, given the complexity and dynamism of the world, and our imperfect understanding of how it works, ideological rigidity will inevitably prove disastrous, whereas pragmatism and responsiveness to changing conditions and to ineffective policy initiatives are more likely to prolong growth. Third, unconventional substitutes can fill critical gaps while more formal institutions are being developed, thus hastening the growth process in the short run.

Drawing on the knowledge and understanding of local circumstances of researchers from the case-study countries, this book will appeal to post-graduate students studying development; particularly poverty, trade, investment and migration. Development practitioners concerned with the impact of developed-country policies on poverty in the developing world will also find this a captivating read.
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‘McMahon, Esfahani, and Squire have edited a useful volume of regional studies on economic growth. Recommended.’
– P.N. Hess, Choice
Contributors: E. Aryeetey, M. Chandler, H.S. Esfahani, J. Fidrmuc, A.K. Fosu, J. Horvath, G. McMahon, G. Nankani, G. Ofer, S. Osmani, R. Pomfret, L. Squire, P. Warr

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Introduction: Re-examining Long-run Growth: Insights from Case Studies
Gary McMahon, Hadi Salehi Esfahani and Lyn Squire

1. Understanding Economic Growth in Specific Contexts: An Overview of the First Phase of Global Research Project ‘Explaining Growth’
Hadi Salehi Esfahani

2. Explaining East Asian Growth: Converting Potential into Actual Growth
Peter Warr

3. Explaining Growth in South Asia
Siddiqur Osmani

4. Economic Growth in Latin America in the Twentieth Century
Gary McMahon

5. Understanding Common Trends and Variations in the Growth Experience of MENA Countries
Hadi Salehi Esfahani

6. Explaining Four Decades of Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa
Augustin Kwasi Fosu and Ernest Aryeetey

7. Growth Experience and Prospects of Central and Eastern European Countries: A Synthesis
Jan Fidrmuc, Mark Chandler and Julius Horvath

8. Explaining Economic Growth in the Commonwealth of Independent States
Gur Ofer and Richard Pomfret

9. Diversity in Growth Experiences: The Role of Substitutes for the Fundamentals
Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Gary McMahon and Lyn Squire

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