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Porträtt av Tobias Axelsson. Foto.

Tobias Axelsson

Universitetslektor, Studierektor för grundutbildningen, Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Porträtt av Tobias Axelsson. Foto.

Relative economic backwardness and catching up: lessons from history, implications for development thinking

Författare

  • Martin Andersson
  • Tobias Axelsson

Redaktör

  • Martin Andersson
  • Tobias Axelsson

Summary, in English

This chapter expands on three main topics. First, it is argued that the economic historical perspective may contribute to our understanding of present day development processes. Instead of advocating a one-size-fits-all model, an analytical framework is offered based on common traits from diverse examples. Second, the importance of agricultural change on the road towards sustained economic growth is discussed and argued that it is a vital part of the development process. In the final section of the chapter the question is put whether in some countries perhaps the relative backwardness is too great an obstacle to permit catching up. The conclusion is that it is not too late but that the possibilities for countries today to fully take advantage of being late hinges on their ability to couple economic growth with structural transformation.

Avdelning/ar

  • Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Publiceringsår

2016

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Diverse Development Paths and Structural Transformation in the Escape from Poverty

Dokumenttyp

Del av eller Kapitel i bok

Förlag

Oxford University Press

Ämne

  • Economic History

Nyckelord

  • catching up
  • economic history
  • development economics
  • structural transformation
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Latin-America
  • social capabilities
  • diversity in development

Aktiv

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISBN: 9780198737407