Jump-Starting Developing Countries


Bonn, 22.01.2019

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Justin Yifu Lin, the former Chief Economist of the World Bank, presented his new books:

In his book Beating the Odds: Jump-Starting Developing Countries, Lin argues that developing countries can achieve rapid economic growth even when they lack good infrastructure and institutions. Poor countries should leap directly into the global economy by building industrial parks and export-processing zones linked to global markets. This strategy is being used with great success in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and other countries, and it can also be applied to agriculture, the service sector, and other activities. In his second recent book, Going beyond aid: Development cooperation for structural transformation, Lin highlights the need for structural transformation as an engine for employment and growth and argues that traditional development aid is inadequate to address the bottlenecks for structural transformation, and is hence ineffective. He also presents new forms of international cooperation from emerging market economies such as Brazil, India and other BRICS countries that may be more effective than what he calls traditional development aid.  


  • Justin Yifu Lin, , former Chief Economist of the World Bank, now Dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University


Comment: Is the Asian ‘jump-starting model’ still viable? 

Comment: Is South-South Cooperation better than traditional North-South development cooperation?



Datum /Uhr
22.01.2019 / 16:00 - 18:00

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6
53113 Bonn