Second-best Institutions, in American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings. ; 2008. PDF

If you think best-practice is the way to go in institutional reform, think again.

Rodrik D, Hausmann R, Sabel C. Reconfiguring Industrial Policy: A Framework with an Application to South Africa. 2007. PDF

How to improve the practice of industrial policy in South Africa.

How to Save Globalization from its Cheerleaders. 2007.Abstract



If you like globalization and want to maintain it, don't push market liberalization too far.

Industrial Development: Stylized Facts and Policies Revised. 2006. PDF

Industrial development requires trade and exchange rate policies that are specifically geared to that purpose.

Rodrik D, Hausmann R. Doomed to Choose: Industrial Policy as Predicament. 2006.Abstract


Rodrik D, Hausmann R, Hwang J. What You Export Matters. 2006.Abstract

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Revised, June 2006. Data and data description.

Goodbye Washington Consensus, Hello Washington Confusion?. 2006.Abstract



The Washington Consensus is dead. What will take its place?

What's So Special About China's Exports?. 2006. PDF

China is exporting stuff that is way too sophisticated for its level of income, and that explains part of its success.

The Social Cost of Foreign Exchange Reserves. 2005.Abstract



December 2005. Developing countries are paying a high (and preventable) cost for self-insurance against capital-market follies. Revised version published in the International Economic Journal, September 2006.

Rodrik D, Hausmann R, Pritchett L. Growth Accelerations. 2005.Abstract


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There are many more of them than is commonly thought; this is an attempt to understand what determines their occurrence.

Rodrik D, Hausmann R, Velasco A. Growth Diagnostics. 2005.Abstract



Revised, March 2005. The trick is to identify the binding constraint to economic growth. This paper shows why and how.

Rodrik D, Wacziarg R. Do Democratic Transitions Produce Bad Economic Outcomes?. 2005.Abstract



The short answer is: no.

Rodrik D, Lyigun M. On the Efficacy of Reforms: Policy Tinkering, Institutional Change, and Entrepreneurship. 2004.Abstract



Revised October 2004. When policy tinkering beats structural reform, and vice versa.

Growth Strategies. 2004.Abstract



A paper for the Handbook of Economic Growth, revised October 2004.

Rethinking Economic Growth in Developing Countries. 2004.Abstract



October 2004. The Luca d'Agliano Lecture for 2004.

Industrial Policy for the Twenty-First Century. 2004.Abstract



Just when you thought it was dead...

Rodrik D, Rigobon R. Rule of Law, Democracy, Openness and Income: Estimating the Interrelationships. 2004. PDF

A new attempt to identify the causal relationships among institutions, income, openness, and geography.

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.