Development Centre Studies

OECD Development Centre

Start-up Latin America
1990-0295 (online)
1563-4302 (print)
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This series of monographs from the OECD Development Centre covers development issues generally and in some cases issues in specific countries. It  includes Angus Maddison’s books containing long-term historical estimates of GDP for various areas of the world.

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    02 Sep 2013 Click to Access:  Start-up Latin America
This report reviews the policy mix to support knowledge-based start-ups in six countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
    08 Aug 2012 Click to Access:  Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic
This report presents a detailed analysis of the Dominican Republic’s financial system and offers a series recommendations to develop the country’s capital markets.
    16 May 2012 Click to Access:  Industrial Policy and Territorial Development
This report reviews the Korean catching up and it analyzes the recent reforms which have been put in place to address the territorial dimension in the design and implementation of industrial policies, with a view to share knowledge and policy ...
    18 Apr 2012 Click to Access:  Can we still Achieve the Millennium Development Goals?
Jean-Philippe Stijns, Christopher Garroway, Vararat Atisophon, Jesus Bueren, Gregory De Paepe, Carlos Sanchez
This study contributes to the current debate on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), their relevance and what can be done after 2015, by looking at estimates of the cost of reaching the goals in 2015.
    17 Nov 2011 Click to Access:  Tackling the Policy Challenges of Migration
OECD, Jason Gagnon, David Khoudour-Castéras
This book contributes to the current debate on migration policy, focusing on three main elements in the standard migration policy dialogue: the regulation of flows, the integration of immigrants and the impact of labour mobility on development.
    30 Oct 2009 Click to Access:  The Making of Global Finance 1880-1913
Marc Flandreau, Frédéric Zumer
This book traces the roots of global financial integration in the first "modern" era of globalisation from 1880 to 1913 and can serve as a valuable tool to current-day policy dilemmas by using historical data to see which policies in the past led to...
    26 Aug 2009 Click to Access:  Policy Ownership and Aid Conditionality in the Light of the Financial Crisis
This study evaluates controversies that persist with respect to aid conditionality, how successful donors have been in stemming aid conditionality, and how the financial crisis has made it difficult to maintain traditional conditionality frameworks.
    24 Mar 2009 Click to Access:  Is Informal Normal ?
Johannes Jütting, Juan R. de Laiglesia
Provides evidence for policy makers on how to deal with informal employment in developing and developed countries alike.
    21 May 2008 Click to Access:  Financing Development 2008
Assesses the changing landscape of international development finance from a global and a developing-country perspective.
    15 Oct 2007 Click to Access:  Informal Institutions
Informal institutions — family and kinship structures, traditions, and social norms — are often decisive factors in shaping policy outcomes and this book advocates a pragmatic way of dealing with them.
    28 Sep 2007 Click to Access:  Chinese Economic Performance in the Long Run, 960-2030 AD, Second Edition, Revised and Updated
Angus Maddison
This book uses a comparative approach to explain why China’s role in the world economy has changed so dramatically in the last thousand years. This edition has been revised and updated and Chapter 4 is new. It concludes that China will resume its...
    20 Sep 2007 Click to Access:  Public-Private Dialogue in Developing Countries
This analysis identifies the advantages that public-private dialogue can bring, while cautioning against the very real dangers it can present to fragile states and recent democracies.
    18 Apr 2007 Click to Access:  The Visible Hand of China in Latin America
Latin America is looking towards China and Asia -- and China and Asia are looking right back. This is a major shift: for the first time in its history, Latin America can benefit from not one but three major engines of world growth. Until the 1980s ...
    27 Oct 2006 Click to Access:  The Ladder of Competitiveness
Daniel Cohen, Orsetta Causa
Using empirical data from over 50 countries, this book shows how even small differences in a number of factors combine to boost or block productivity, and proposes two new measures as alternatives to simple comparisons of industrial productivity.
    11 Oct 2006 Click to Access:  Meeting the Challenge of Private Sector Development
Federico Bonaglia
Explores how governments can help firms in developing countries better seize the opportunities created by globalisation and contribute to improving employment opportunities and poverty reduction.
    18 Sep 2006 Click to Access:  The World Economy
Angus Maddison
The World Economy brings together two reference works by Angus Maddison: The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective (2001) and The World Economy: Historical Statistics (2003). This new edition contains Statlinks, so that readers can access the...
    26 July 2006 Click to Access:  Uses and Abuses of Governance Indicators
Charles P. Oman, Christiane Arndt
This study helps users find their way through the jungle of governance indicators, and shows how they tend to be widely misused both in international comparisons and in tracking changes in individual countries.
    12 May 2006 Click to Access:  The Rise of China and India
Andrea Goldstein, Nicolas Pinaud, Helmut Reisen, Xiaobao Chen
This book demonstrates how the growing economic power of China and India is already influencing the growth patterns of African countries, particularly oil- and commodities-exporting ones.
    02 Dec 2005 Click to Access:  Reducing Capital Cost in Southern Africa
Nicolas Pinaud, Martin Grandes
Southern Africa suffers from disproportionately expensive capital which denies the region its full growth potential. This book presents ideas and proposals for reducing the cost of capital in the region.
    17 Nov 2005 Click to Access:  Policy Coherence Towards East Asia
This book looks at the impact of OECD country policies on East Asia in trade, investment, agriculture, finance, aid, macroeconomic policies and regional co-operation. Further, it examines the interaction of OECD country policies and their coherence...
    18 Oct 2005 Click to Access:  Guaranteeing Development? The Impact of Financial Guarantees
James Winpenny
This volume tests the relevance and usefulness of guarantees to public and private actors in developing countries, especially for funding development projects.
    15 Oct 2004 Click to Access:  Regional Integration, FDI and Competitiveness in Southern Africa
Andrea Goldstein
By analysing investment flows and examining the role of foreign direct investment in key industries, this book examines why Southern Africa has not become a magnet for FDI and what it needs to do to attract more investment.
    28 Sep 2004 Click to Access:  Governance Culture and Development
Nicolas Meisel
Drawing notably on the experience of France, this book examines whether good corporate governance generates national growth. It finds that it is a society's entire governance culture -- corporate and public governance together rather than either of...
    12 Feb 2004 Click to Access:  Privatisation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Jean-Claude Berthélemy, Céline Kauffmann, Marie-Anne Valfort, Lucia Wegner
This book examines recent progress made in the region’s privatisation effort in Sub-Saharan Africa. With cumulative proceeds of privatisation accounting for just $8 billion compared to $46 billion in transition economies over the same period, it is ...
    12 Feb 2004 Click to Access:  Institutional Efficiency and its Determinants
Frank Bodmer, Silvio Borner, Markus Kobler
New Institutional Economics (NIE) takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding economic phenomena like growth, efficiency and income distribution. The authors of this book attempt to provide an integrated methodology, hitherto lacking in NIE ...
    11 Dec 2003 Click to Access:  Ownership and Partnership
Ian Smillie, Henri-Bernard Solignac Lecomte
Partnership Forums are the means by which the OECD Development Assistance Committee provides a venue for non-governmental actors to express their points of view. This book presents the proceedings of the December 2000 Forum on Onwership and Partnership.
    25 Sep 2003 Click to Access:  The World Economy
Angus Maddison
Following on from his The World Economy: a Millennial Perspective, published by the OECD in 2001, in this book, Angus Maddison offers a rare insight into the history and political influence of national accounts and national accounting.
    20 Mar 2003 Click to Access:  Public Opinion and the Fight against Poverty
North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, OECD
Sustaining the fight against global poverty will be possible only if the "wider civil society", i.e. citizens in richer countries, actively and critically support international development co-operation efforts. The willingness undoubtedly exists ...
    13 Nov 2002 Click to Access:  Trading Competitively
Federico Bonaglia, Kiichiro Fukusaku
Presents evidence confirming the existence of a wide array of policy options for increasing business competitiveness and reducing dependence on primary commodities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    06 Nov 2002 Click to Access:  Electronic Commerce for Development
This publication shows new information and communications technologies like mobile telephony and the Internet have been affecting low-income communities and small entrepreneurs in emerging economies.
    08 Oct 2002 Click to Access:  Development is back
The Organisation's Development Centre was founded in 1962 as one means to study and to try to confront the problems of comparative development and to relate them to experiences in the more advanced economies. This book provides a compendium of that...
    26 Sep 2002 Click to Access:  Education and Health Expenditure and Poverty Reduction in East Africa
Christian Morrisson
This book demonstrates that in the case of very poor countries, policies aimed at universal provision of education and health services benefit the poor significantly more than more expensive targeted schemes.
    31 May 2002 Click to Access:  FDI from Developing Countries
Byung-Hwa Lee
This book illustrates Korea's experience with outward foreign direct investment (FDI) and shows that the ancillary benefits of such investment -- knowledge and management transfer, market acquisition and skills enhancement -- can be substantial for...
    27 May 2002 Click to Access:  Education and Health Expenditure, and Development
This book pleads for a series of policy orientations leading towards pro-poor health and education spending.
    11 Mar 2002 Click to Access:  Emerging Africa
Jean-Claude Berthélemy, Jean-Michel Salmon, Ludvig Söderling, Henri-Bernard Solignac Lecomte
This study analyses the factors underlying the renewed dynamism of certain African economies in the 1990s.
    12 Sep 2001 Click to Access:  The Economics and Politics of Transition to an Open Market Economy: Colombia
Sebastian Edwards
This book explains how various forces related to each other and how the conflicts were resolved - or not in Colombia's transtion to an open economy.
    12 Sep 2001 Click to Access:  Don't Fix, Don't Float
Don´t Fix, Don´t Float is a book about credibility, or lack thereof. It deals with questions pertaining to international financial architecture from the perspective of developing countries, emerging markets and transition economies.
    12 June 2001 Click to Access:  The World Economy
Angus Maddison
Angus Maddison provides a comprehensive view of the growth and levels of world population since the year 1000 when rich countries of today were poorer than Asia and Africa. The gap between the world leader, the US and the poorest region, Africa, is ...
    02 Oct 2000 Click to Access:  Facts about European NGOs Active in International Development
Adèle Woods
This statistical analysis demonstrates that NGOs have moved out of the "amateur" world in which they were once confined into, in many cases, highly professional activities and that they have become major partners for governments in the development field.
    21 July 2000 Click to Access:  Regional Integration and Internal Reforms in the Mediterranean Area
Sébastien Dessus, Akiko Suwa
The authors of this study highlight the opportunities trade liberaliastion agreements offer for supporting reforms to encourage industrial restructuring through financial transfers, providing incentives for producers to diversify, and securing new...
    09 Mar 2000 Click to Access:  Economic Opening and Growth in China
Sylvie Démurger
In this volume, the specific effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into China is measured quantitatively and estimated on a regional basis. The authors find that there is a much more complex relationship between such flows and growth...
    09 Mar 2000 Click to Access:  Policy Competition for Foreign Direct Investment
Charles P. Oman
This book looks at the evidence and assesses the impact of competition among governments to attract FDI. It finds little evidence directly to support fears of a "global race to the bottom" in labour and environmental standards.
    14 Dec 1999 Click to Access:  Conflict and Growth in Africa
Andrew Goudie, Bilin Neyapti
This book is about conflict. It approaches the problem in five Southern African countries from the standpoint of economic analysis.
    23 Nov 1999 Click to Access:  Conflict and Growth in Africa
Jeni Klugman, Bilin Neyapti, Frances Stewart
This is a book about conflict. It identifies aggravating economic factors, proceeds to an appreciation of its economic cost, then proposes economic policy changes for Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
    13 Sep 1999 Click to Access:  Conflict and Growth in Africa
Jean-Paul Azam, Christian Morrisson
This is a book about conflict. It identifies aggravating economic factors in conflict, proceeds to an appreciation of its economic cost, and then proposes economic policy changes which would tend towards reducing the potential for conflict in the...
    26 Aug 1999 Click to Access:  Competition, Innovation and Competitiveness in Developing Countries
Lynn Krieger Mytelka
This book therefore opens a fresh debate on the industrial policies which developing countries need to adopt in order to compete and grow in a globalised economic environment.
    26 Apr 1999 Click to Access:  Education, Migration and Productivity
J. Edward Taylor, Antonio Yúnes-Naude
This book challenges the assumption that the major benefits of investment in rural education accrue to traditional agricultural activities, such as staples production.
    20 Nov 1998 Click to Access:  Public Attitudes and International Development Co-operation
North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, OECD
This collection of studies of public attitudes to development co-operation in OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Member countries demonstrates that the concept of "aid fatigue" is misplaced. A serious lack of adequate knowledge about ...
    09 Oct 1998 Click to Access:  Capital Flows and Investment Performance
Ricardo French-Davis, Helmut Reisen
This book, the result of a joint project between the OECD Development Centre and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), examines the policies of a group of major Latin American countries faced with large inflows.
    30 Sep 1998 Click to Access:  The Economics and Politics of Transition to an Open Market Economy
Dieter Weiss, Ulrich Wurzel
This book explains why Egypt is lagging behind other countries in the Mediterranean region in reforming its economy.
    30 Sep 1998 Click to Access:  The Second-Generation Pension Reforms in Latin America
Monika Queisser
This study provides a detailed description of all second-generation pension reforms in Latin America to date, evaluates the first years of operations of the new systems and outlines the problems and challenges which the systems are still facing.
    25 Sep 1998 Click to Access:  Chinese Economic Performance in the Long Run
Angus Maddison
The study provides a major reassessment of the scale and scope of China’s resurgence over the past half century, employing quantitative measurement techniques which are standard practice in OECD countries, but which have not hitherto been available...
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