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Three Phases of Argentine Economic Growth

35 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2000 Last revised: 2 Sep 2010

Alan M. Taylor

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics; University of Virginia - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: October 1994

Abstract

Much of Argentina's decline in relative economic performance can be attributed to deleterious conditions for capital accumulation after 1913. In the first phase (pre-1913), the success of the Belle ?poque was due to spectacular rates of accumulation. In the second phase (1913-1930s), low domestic savings rates constrained the rate of capital accumulation. In the third phase (1930s-1950s), import- substitution policies were implemented and the relative price of key imported capital goods rose sharply. Retardation ensued: at first because of insufficient saving; later because price disincentives channeled funds away from investment activities which are the precursor of growth.

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Taylor, Alan M., Three Phases of Argentine Economic Growth (October 1994). NBER Working Paper No. h0060. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=190398

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