During 1980-1986, South Korea went from being the world's fourth largest debtor country, in the midst of an economic crisis, to a model of successful adjustment, with high growth rates and a current account surplus. This paper summarizes the findings of an in depth anlaysis of Korea's performance, focusing on the experience with external debt.
We argue that the explanations for Korea's recovery are closely linked to the explanations for Korea's very rapid growth during the 1960s and 1970s. The centerpieces have been a comprehensive export focused investment plan with external borrowing used to supplement domestic savings in financing the investment and an active, interventionist government policy.
- Eternal debt and macroeconomic performance in South Korea
- Park, Won Am; Collins, Susan M.
- National Bureau of Economic Research
Eternal debt and macroeconomic performance in South Korea
[Cambridge]:National Bureau of Economic Research
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Economy < Economic Conditions
Government and Law < Public Administration
|Holding||National Bureau of Economic Research|