The Age of Productivity

Transforming Economies from the Bottom Up

Authors: Inter-American Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, .

Editors: pages, carmen (Ed.)

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Age of Productivity offers a look at how the low productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean is preventing the region from catching up with the developed world. The authors look beyond the traditional macro explanations and dig all the way down to the industry and firm level to uncover the causes.

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The INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB) is an international institution created in 1959 to foster economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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"In recent years the literature on the economics of growth has benefited greatly from the recognition that growth happens firm by firm, idea by idea, even individual by individual. This impressive volume, published by the Inter-American Development Bank, is evidence that the same spirit has began to animate the policy community." - Abhijit V. Banerjee, Department of Economics, M.I.T. "By looking at the policy challenges faced by Latin America through the lens of productivity, this report provides a fresh view on topics as diverse as factor markets, trade, social policy, taxation, and industrial policy." - Eduardo Engel, Professor of Economics, Yale University "Increasingly, we have learned by building up from firm level evidence that it is the misallocation of resources within industries that plays a critical role in the poor productivity performance of low-income and slow growing economies. Distortions to the size distribution of firms as well as to the relationship between firm productivity and firm size pervade poorly performing economies. This book sheds rich new light on these issues for Latin American and Caribbean economies and even more importantly explores the sources of such misallocation in terms of market structure, institutions and economic policies." - John Haltiwanger, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Age of Productivity

    Pages 1-21

    Pagés, Carmen

  • Aggregate Productivity: The Key to Unlocking Latin America’s Development Potential

    Pages 23-43

    Pagés, Carmen

  • Productivity in Latin America: The Challenge of the Service Sector

    Pages 45-67

    Pagés, Carmen

  • Productivity from the Bottom Up: Firms and Resource Allocation in Latin America

    Pages 69-96

    Pagés, Carmen

  • Trade and Productivity: A Route to Reallocation with a High Transport Toll

    Pages 97-121

    Pagés, Carmen

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Age of Productivity
Book Subtitle
Transforming Economies from the Bottom Up
Authors
Editors
  • carmen pages
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10761-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230107618
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-62350-7
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-62352-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 348
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