The Spread of Manufacturing to the Poor Periphery 1870---2007

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Agustín S. Bénétrix

Trinity College (Dublin)

Kevin O'Rourke

University of Oxford

Jeffrey G. Williamson

Harvard University - Department of Economics, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus; Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

This paper documents industrial output growth around the poor periphery (Latin America, the European periphery, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa) between 1870 and 2007. We find that although the roots of rapid peripheral industrialization stretch into the late 19th century, the high point of peripheral industrialization was the 1950-1973 period, which saw widespread import- substituting industrialization. This period was also the high point of unconditional industrial catching up, defined as the tendency of less industrialized countries to post higher per capita manufacturing growth rates, and which occurred between 1920 and 1990.

Suggested Citation

Bénétrix, Agustín and O'Rourke, Kevin and Williamson, Jeffrey G., The Spread of Manufacturing to the Poor Periphery 1870---2007 (July 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18221. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2107531

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