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Can Asian developing countries stuck in a "middle-income trap" learn from South Korea's economic development experience? : A research paper examining the relevance of South Korea's development experience for developing countries GDN and KOICA

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  • Kasenda, Daniel
  • Global Development Network


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Title Can Asian developing countries stuck in a "middle-income trap" learn from South Korea's economic development experience?
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A research paper examining the relevance of South Korea's development experience for developing countries GDN and KOICA

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Kasenda, Daniel

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[New Delhi]:Global Development Network

Date 2008
Pages 16
Subject Country Philippines(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Thailand(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Holding Global Development Network

Abstract

South Korea’s impressive rapid growth to come from a low-income country to a high-income country is an experience that developing countries can certainly learn from. Low-income countries can learn from South Korea in the 1960s to 1980s for it to move on to middle-income. Indeed, many former low-income countries that have transitioned to middle-income countries have at least followed similar policies or growth patterns of South Korea. However, many countries that have transitioned to middle-income status find themselves unable to move on to high-income status. In fact, out of 110 middle-income countries from the 1960s, only 13 including South Korea, have transitioned to high-income status. This phenomenon is called the “middle-income trap”, which the paper will analyze with the particular focus on Asian countries. The Asian countries this paper identifies as being in the middle-income trap are Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, which makes for interesting case studies as they are in the same region in South Korea and had similar economic growth patterns. (The rest omitted)