Strategies for Structural Transformation in South Asian Countries
Seoul Journal of Economics 26 (No. 3 2013): 311-336
26 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2013
Date Written: August 30, 2013
Growth in South Asia has not resulted in structural transformation and increase of productive capacities. This paper presents a methodology to identify the opportunities for countries in South Asia to build their productive capacities and promote structural transformation through the emulation of the productive structure of more developed countries. The paper also discusses country-specific strategies that combine laissez-faire and strategic diversification approaches to facilitate the emergence of new economic activities that are more likely to increase the productive capacities in the country. In addition to its relevance to the formulation of inclusive development policies in South Asia, this paper contributes to the industrial policy literature by exploring the use of empirical data to verify the need for selective policies.
Keywords: Diversification, Structural Transformation, Productive Capacities, Economic Development, Industrial Policy
JEL Classification: O11, O14, O25, O33, O38, O53, O57
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