Manufacturing and economic growth in developing countries, 1950-2005

A. Szirmai*, B. Verspagen

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Historically, manufacturing has functioned as the main engine of economic growth and development. However, recent research raises questions concerning the continued importance of the manufacturing sector for economic development. We re-examine the role of manufacturing as a driver of growth in developed and developing countries in the period 1950-2005. We find a moderate positive impact of manufacturing on growth. We also find interesting interaction effects of manufacturing with education and income gaps. In a comparison of the subperiods, it seems that since 1990, manufacturing is becoming a more difficult route to growth than before.

Data source: National accounts and labour force statistics, other macroeconomic data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-59
JournalStructural Change and Economic Dynamics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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