Small Island States in the Pacific : the Tyranny of Distance

Author/Editor:

Chris Becker

Publication Date:

September 1, 2012

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper seeks to document key characteristics of small island states in the Pacific. It restricts itself to a limited number of indicators which are macro-orientated - population, fertility of land, ability to tap into economies of scale, income, and geographic isolation. It leaves aside equally important but more micro-orientated variables and development indicators. We show that small island states in the Pacific are different from countries in other regional groupings in that they are extremely isolated and have limited scope to tap economies of scale due to small populations. They often have little arable land. There is empirical evidence to suggest that these factors are related to income growth.

Series:

Working Paper No. 12/223

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2012

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475510263/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2012223

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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