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From Country Development Gone Wrong to Gone Right?

Notes from Overseas Development Institute seminar "How to jump start developing economies"


  1. Why have so many Asian countries witnessed sustainable economic growth by following policies divergent with orthodox development practices? This is a question that Justin Lin addressed on September 5th at the ODI.
  2. Recent books that expand on the topic:
  3. Lin described the state of country development since the end of World War II.
  4. Lin described how predominant theories have led development astray.
  5. Lin proposes a new approach to structural transformation built on country competitive advantages. He presented some pragmatic examples while suggesting that "South-South' cooperation is often more effective than "North-South."