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Who Can Explain the Mauritian Miracle: Meade, Romer, Sachs, or Rodrik?

Author/Editor: Subramanian, Arvind | Roy, Devesh
Authorized for Distribution: August 1, 2001
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Summary: This paper examines different explanations-initial conditions, openness to trade and FDI, and institutions-of the Mauritian growth experience since the mid-1970s. We show that arguments based on openness to trade and FDI are either misleading or incomplete, and the transmission mechanism insufficiently identified. However, even when correctly articulated, openness appears to be a proximate rather than an underlying explanation for the Mauritian experience. The institution-based explanation offers greater promise. Ultimately, however, the econometric results indicate that existing explanations may be incomplete. Some idiosyncratic factors, particularly Mauritian diversity and the responses to managing it, may provide the missing pieces in the story of Mauritius's success.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 01/116
Subject(s): Economic growth | Mauritius | Trade liberalization | Manpower policy
Author's keyword(s): Mauritius | growth | institutions | geography | openness
 
English  
    Published:   August 1, 2001        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA1162001   Pages:   42
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