Premature Deindustrialisation in the Developing World

Rodrik, Dani
March 2017
Frontiers of Economics in China;Mar2017, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
As developed economies have substituted away from manufacturing towards services, so too have developing countries--to an even greater extent. Such sectoral change may be premature for economies that never fully industrialised in the first place. This article presents evidence that countries with smaller manufacturing sectors substitute away from manufacturing to a larger extent, suggesting a trade channel through which falling international relative prices of manufacturing lead price-taking developing economies to substitute accordingly.


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