The Elusive Quest for Growth in Argentina (Hardback)
  • The Elusive Quest for Growth in Argentina (Hardback)

The Elusive Quest for Growth in Argentina (Hardback)

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Hardback 219 Pages / Published: 08/06/2007
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This book explores a big puzzle in development economics - why Argentina, despite rich natural resources and ample human capital, has endured such poor growth performance. The authors use rigorous economic analysis and an institutional and historical approach to show what went wrong, in a timely contribution to the sustainable development debate.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403977892
Number of pages: 219
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
Edition: 2007 ed.


"This brilliant book by Chudnovsky and Lopezbrings together their decades-long and careful study of the Argentine economy in the Post-War period. This is one of the finest books available on Argentina, co-authored by two of the best economists of that country."

- Jorge Niosi, Professor of Management Science, Universite du Quebec a Montreal

"This is more than an excellent introduction to disappointing Argentine economic development over the last half century. The volume also confronts alternative explanations for lack of growth, thereby developing a more comprehensive view where industrial structure, technology, and institutions all enter. It merits attention."

- Albert Fishlow, Professor of International Affairs and Director, Center for Brazilian Studies, Columbia University

"Through detailed, rigorous, and scholarly analysis, the authors make insightful contributions to the literature on Argentina's economy and the broader understanding of the development process."

- Kevin P. Gallagher, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University

"Most analyses of the Argentine economy focus on the role of macroeconomics and political instability in determining the poor performance of the country. Without ignoring the role of these factors, Chudnovsky and Lopez present an insightful analysis on the role ofproduction sectorrestructuring and the associatedmicroeconomicfactors in the dynamics of the two major growth spurts that Argentinaexperienced over the past four decades, and why they proved unsustainable.Readers will find the analysis quite stimulating."

- Jose Antonio Ocampo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs "This sweeping, highly readable explores the factors that have made Argentina incapable of sustaining its economic growth, compared to Brazil and Mexico and countries in East Asia... Recommended." - CHOICE

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