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Yujiro Hayami and Yoshihisa Godo

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199272700.001.0001

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A Comparative Perspective on Developing Economies

A Comparative Perspective on Developing Economies

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(p.31) 2. A Comparative Perspective on Developing Economies
Source:
Development Economics
Author(s):

Yujiro Hayami

Yoshihisa Godo

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199272700.003.0003

Aims to develop a bird's eye view on current status and growth potential of developing economies by means of highly condensed international comparative statistics in order to postulate broad hypotheses for the analyses in the subsequent chapters. The data suggest that wide differences in economic growth performance among developing countries are due little to differences in natural resource endowments, but may instead be explained by investment in both physical and human capital. Such broadly defined capital formation depends not so much on the level of per capita income as it does on institutions and policies.

Keywords:   capital formation, domestic savings, economic growth, education, external debt, health, inter-country differences, natural resources

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