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Latin America in the rearview mirror

Author: Harold Linh Cole; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2004.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 11008.
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"Latin American countries are the only Western countries that are poor and that aren't gaining ground on the United States. This paper evaluates why Latin America has not replicated Western economic success. We find that this failure is primarily due to TFP differences. Latin America's TFP gap is not plausibly accounted for by human capital differences, but rather reflects inefficient production. We argue that  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Linh Cole; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 57363133
Notes: December 2004.
Description: 1 online resource (42, [17] pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 11008.
Responsibility: Harold L. Cole [and others].

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"Latin American countries are the only Western countries that are poor and that aren't gaining ground on the United States. This paper evaluates why Latin America has not replicated Western economic success. We find that this failure is primarily due to TFP differences. Latin America's TFP gap is not plausibly accounted for by human capital differences, but rather reflects inefficient production. We argue that competitive barriers are a promising channel for understanding low Latin TFP. We document that Latin America has many more international and domestic competitive barriers than do Western and successful East Asian countries. We also document a number of microeconomic cases in Latin America in which large reductions in competitive barriers increase productivity to Western levels"--National Bureau of Economic Research web site.

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