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The Unbalanced Growth Hypothesis and the Role of the State: The Case of China’s State-Owned Enterprises


Carsten A. Holz


Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - Division of Social Science

November 19, 2010


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Albert Hirschman’s unbalanced growth hypothesis suggests that a developing economy can promote economic growth by initially investing in industries with high backward and forward linkages. In the case of Chinese economic policy today, one application would be the continued presence of the state in high-linkage sectors and the strategic withdrawal of the state from low-linkage sectors. The evidence shows that while the degree of linkage plays an important role in generating economic growth in China, province-specific withdrawal strategies for the state sector have no effect on economic growth.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 57

Keywords: linkage, state ownership, industrial policy, unbalanced growth hypothesis, input-output model, Albert Hirschman

JEL Classification: R1, R11, R15, R58, O1, O11, O2, O53, P21

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Date posted: November 20, 2010  

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Holz, Carsten A., The Unbalanced Growth Hypothesis and the Role of the State: The Case of China’s State-Owned Enterprises (November 19, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1712017 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1712017

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Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - Division of Social Science ( email )
Division of Social Science
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Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong
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