Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Beating the OddsJump-Starting Developing Countries$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Justin Yifu Lin and Célestin Monga

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691192338

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691192338.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 24 July 2021

Ambitious Pragmatism: First-Order Economic Principles

Ambitious Pragmatism: First-Order Economic Principles

Chapter:
(p.157) 5 Ambitious Pragmatism: First-Order Economic Principles
Source:
Beating the Odds
Author(s):

Justin Yifu Lin

Célestin Monga

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691192338.003.0006

This chapter draws on lessons from history to argue that policy disappointments such as Ghana's mainly reflect failure not of politics but of economic thinking and policy making. There are now enough both failed and successful experiments in economic development for researchers and policy makers to draw on. It highlights the possibilities for poor countries to transform into middle-and even high-income economies and stresses the benefits of such transformations for the world economy as a whole. The chapter starts with a discussion of the role of agricultural development in developing countries today, stressing both its potential contribution in the short term and its limitations in the medium and long term. It then details some first-order economic principles for success, pointing to the need for structural change, which occurs only through industrialization. For the process to be successful, economic policy should aim at “ambitious pragmatism,” which requires calibrating the pace of economic take-off with the existing economic structure and country development level.

Keywords:   Ghana, economic development, world economy, agricultural development, industrialization, economic principle, economic policy, high-income economies, economic take-off, middle-income economies

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.