Weekend Reading: Alfred Kazin (1989): The New Republic: Personal View
Noted for Your Morning Procrastination for December 12, 2014

Morning Must-Read: Lant Pritchett and Lawrence Summers: Growth Slowdowns: Middle-Income Trap vs. Regression to the Mean

Lant Pritchett and Lawrence Summers: Growth Slowdowns: Middle-Income Trap vs. Regression to the Mean: "No question is more important...

for the living standards of billions of people or for the evolution of the global system than the question of how rapidly differently economies will grow over the next generation. We believe that conventional wisdom makes two important errors....

First, it succumbs to the extrapolative temptation and supposes that, absent major new developments, countries that have been growing rapidly will continue to grow rapidly, and countries that have been stagnating will continue to stagnate. In fact... past is much less the prologue than is commonly supposed.

Second, conventional wisdom subscribes to the notion of a ‘middle-income trap’.... Any tendency of this type is very weak, and that what is often ascribed to the middle-income trap is better thought of as growth rates reverting to their means...

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