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Southern Engines of Global Growth: Very Long Cycles or Short Spurts?

This article views the four economies of the South in a long run historical perspective of 1500-2000. It contrasts the history and the initial endowments of the two Northern hemisphere economies China and India which are land scarce and labour abundant with the two Southern hemisphere economies Brazil and South Africa which are land abundant and labour scarce. It argues for different strategies for future growth and discusses impediments which may come in the paths of these four economies in the near future.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Discussion Paper
Volume:
2008/02
Title:
Southern Engines of Global Growth: Very Long Cycles or Short Spurts?
Authors:
Meghnad Desai
Publication date:
February 2008
ISBN 13 Print:
9789292300593
ISBN 13 Web:
9789292300609
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2008
Keywords:
China, India, Brazil, South Africa, development, history
JEL:
N1, O11, F54
Project:
Southern Engines of Global Growth
Sponsor:
The governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Norway (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online and printed copies