Getting Institutions Right. 2004. PDF

A user's guide to the recent literature on institutions and growth.

Rodrik D, Subramanian A. From Hindu Growth to Productivity Surge: The Mystery of the Indian Growth Transition. 2004.Abstract



No, it had nothing to do with IT and outsourcing.

Rodrik D, Hausmann R. Discovering El Salvador's Production Potential. 2003.Abstract



Part of a report on El Salvador's economic strategy, and an attempt to operationalize ideas in the other papers on this site.

Rodrik D, Hausmann R. Economic Development as Self-Discovery. 2003.Abstract



Revised April 2003. New-age economics meets the Washington Consensus.

In Search of Prosperity: Analytic Narratives on Economic Growth
In Search of Prosperity: Analytic Narratives on Economic Growth. Princeton University Press; 2003 pp. 496. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The economics of growth has come a long way since it regained center stage for economists in the mid-1980s. Here for the first time is a series of country studies guided by that research. The thirteen essays, by leading economists, shed light on some of the most important growth puzzles of our time. How did China grow so rapidly despite the absence of full-fledged private property rights? What happened in India after the early 1980s to more than double its growth rate? How did Botswana and Mauritius avoid the problems that other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa succumbed to? How did Indonesia manage to grow over three decades despite weak institutions and distorted microeconomic policies and why did it suffer such a collapse after 1997?

What emerges from this collective effort is a deeper understanding of the centrality of institutions. Economies that have performed well over the long term owe their success not to geography or trade, but to institutions that have generated market-oriented incentives, protected property rights, and enabled stability. However, these narratives warn against a cookie-cutter approach to institution building.

The contributors are Daron Acemoglu, Maite Careaga, Gregory Clark, J. Bradford DeLong, William Easterly, Ricardo Hausmann, Simon Johnson, Daniel Kaufmann, Massimo Mastruzzi, Ian W. McLean, Georges de Menil, Lant Pritchett, Yingyi Qian, James A. Robinson, Devesh Roy, Arvind Subramanian, Alan M. Taylor, Jonathan Temple, Barry R. Weingast, Susan Wolcott, and Diego Zavaleta.

Edited and with an introduction by Dani Rodrik.

Rodrik D, Subramanian A, Trebbi F. Institutions Rule: The Primacy of Institutions over Geography and Integration in Economic Development. 2002.Abstract


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Revised October 2002.

Feasible Globalizations. 2002.Abstract



There are limits to how far we can push deep integration, but luckily much more economic benefit can be squeezed out of globalization by designing the rules appropriately.

Rodrik D, Mukand S. In Search of the Holy Grail: Policy Convergence, Experimentation, and Economic Performance. 2002.Abstract



Revised July 2002. A paper on the theory and empirics of policy choice in a world where institutions are context-specific. Publication version is here, with the appendix.

Rodrik D, McMillan M, Welch KH. When Economic Reform Goes Wrong: Cashews in Mozambique. 2002.Abstract



An analysis of the case that became a microcosm of the globalization debate.

Rodrik D, Mayda AM. Why Are Some People (and Countries) More Protectionist Than Others?. 2002.Abstract



Revised version, January 2002. Contains new results. Stolper-Samuelson does really well.

Institutions, Integration, and Geography: In Search of the Deep Determinants of Economic Growth. 2001.Abstract



An introduction to an edited volume of analytic growth narratives.

Comments at a Conference on Immigration and the Welfare State. 2001.Abstract



Why is trade in labor services treated so differently than trade in goods or capital?

The Global Governance of Trade as if Development Really Mattered. 2001.Abstract



A paper prepared for the UNDP.

Rodrik D, Kaplan E. Did the Malaysian Capital Controls Work?. 2001.Abstract



Revised February 2001. The answer depends on the counterfactual, but if the relevant alternative was an IMF-style program, they worked very well indeed.

Frankel J, Rose A. Comments on"Estimating the Effects of Currency Unions on Trade and Output,". 2000.Abstract



October 21, 2000 version

Dollar D, Kraay A. Comments on"Trade, Growth, and Poverty,". 2000.Abstract


Exchange Rate Regimes and Institutional Arrangements in the Shadow of Capital Flows. 2000. PDF

A paper for a conference in Malaysia.

Trade Policy Reform as Institutional Reform. 2000.Abstract



Ask not what it does for your exports, but what it does for the quality of your institutions.

Rodrik D, Rodriguez F. Trade Policy and Economic Growth: A Skeptic's Guide to the Cross-National Evidence. 2000.Abstract



Newly revised, May 2000. A re-examination of the relationship between trade policy and economic growth and a critical review of the literature. Published in Macroeconomics Annual 2000, eds. Ben Bernanke and Kenneth S. Rogoff, MIT Press for NBER, Cambridge, MA, 2001.

Development Strategies for the Next Century. 2000.Abstract



A reiteration and integration of various themes from some of my previous papers.