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1 Growth theory to growth policy: an emerging consensus Darryl McLeod, Overview Lecture 2 Economic Growth & Development Econ 6470 Spring 2013

2 Only one growth strategy known to work always: aka East Asian miracle 1.Green revolution + land reform 1.Green revolution + land reform (small farmers) masses of $1/day poor live in rural areas. 2.Mass education 2.Mass education, public or private, credit formal/informal, both 1 and 2 are crucial asset redistributions– before or during growth… 3.Light manufactures 3.Light manufactures large domestic and/or export market… 1 st step in ladder (Sachs, 2005, Chapter 1) Justin Lin’s Flying Geese pattern– Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia,Chapter 1Flying Geese 4.Migration works miracles: 4.Migration works miracles: remittances, rural to urban or international– Kerala, India) see Lucas, 1993 Making a Miracle, McLeod and Mileva, 2011 Making a Miracle, Mileva, 2011

3 East Asian miracle dotted line East Asian miracle dotted line (from Justin Lin’s 2012 Quest for Prosperity p.275 )

4 Institutions lead to a logical cul de sac (see Dani Rodrik Growth Strategies) Growth StrategiesGrowth Strategies 1.Institutions are hard to change: 1.Institutions are hard to change: war, French revolutions 2.Institutions are country specific: 2.Institutions are country specific: e.g., China used EPZs & the household responsibility systemhousehold responsibility system 3.Since very political, hard to change and country specific: 3.Since very political, hard to change and country specific: nothing for economists to do… 4.Change trade and RER policy and hope for the best: 4.Change trade and RER policy and hope for the best: knowing growth may not be sustained.

5 Institutions lead to a logical cul de sac (see Rodrik Growth Strategies) 1.Institutions are hard to change: 1.Institutions are hard to change: war, French revolutions 2.Institutions are country specific: 2.Institutions are country specific: e.g., China used EPZs & the household responsibility systemhousehold responsibility system 3.Since very political, hard to change and country specific: 3.Since very political, hard to change and country specific: nothing for economists to do… 4.Change trade and exchange rate policy and hope for the best: stimulate growth 4.Change trade and exchange rate policy and hope for the best: stimulate growth knowing it may not be sustained.

6 Institutions may be fundamental, but they are not essential… Institutions are fundamental but Country specific (Rodrik) hard to change May be endogenous to geography– e.g. the Resource curse- a la Collier Correlation with Geography (Sachs- malaria, landlocked– Jared Diamond, guns, germs &) Parallel institutions are work- arounds: (Collier’s ISA, EPZs, charter cities) Asset redistribution shocks not essential for growth as there are other levers for growth (Johnson et al.below) Trade- EPZs Competition, open capital markets FDI- new technologies Education Political coalitions (Marshal plan) Black and white cats both hunt mice… (China, HRS, etc.)

7 Consensus growth strategies: post East Asian miracle with or w/o best institutions Early Washington Consensus Trade liberalization Open capital account?? Macroeconomic stability Privatization Sachs-Warner Index: Tariffs < 10%, quotas <40% BMP < 20% Non-socialist government No export monopoly Post EA miracle consensus Weak RER Macro stability Exports and FDI EPZ + socialism works too Africa w/poverty traps: Levers for growth Macro stability, weak RER Aid OK, resource rents? Aid can break poverty trap Debt relief?

8 Rodrik and Subramanian (2003)

9 Rodrik and Subramanian (2003) F&D

10 Levers for growth in Africa

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12 Competitive RER

13 Slide from Rodrik, Growth Strategies(Uganda too) 13

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15 References Acemoglu, Daron, and Simon Johnson, 2005, "Unbundling Institutions," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 113 (October), pp. 949–95. Berg, Andrew, Carlos Leite, Jonathan D. Ostry, and Jeromin Zettelmeyer, 2006, "What Makes Growth Sustained?" manuscript (January) (IMF). Hausmann, Ricardo, Lant Pritchett, and Dani Rodrik, 2004, "Growth Accelerations," NBER Working Paper (Cambridge, Massachusetts: National Bureau of Economic Research). International Monetary Fund, 2003, World Economic Outlook, September (Washington). Rodrik, Dani, Arvind Subramanian, and Francesco Trebbi, 2004, "Institutions Rule: The Primacy of Institutions over Geography and Integration in Economic Development," Journal of Economic Growth, Vol. 9 (June), pp. 131–65. Sachs, Jeffrey, and Andrew Warner, 1995, "Economic Reform and the Process of Global Integration," Brooking Papers on Economic Activity, Vol. 1, pp. 1–118. World Bank, 1993, The East Asian Miracle: Economic Growth and Public Policy (Washington).


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