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Asian Development Review: Volume 36, Number 2

Publication | September 2019
Asian Development Review: Volume 36, Number 2

This edition focuses on perspectives on structural change, whether the traditional path of moving from agriculture to industry and services still holds, the impact of globalization, and the effect of structural change on labor markets.

It also discusses the macroeconomic effects of public infrastructure in the Philippines, the impact of extreme natural hazards such as droughts and floods on health-care utilization and expenditures in Sri Lanka, and the relationship between the exporting and ownership characteristics of firms in providing a safe working environment in Viet Nam's manufacturing firms.

Contents 

Mini Symposium on Perspectives on Structural Change

This papers looks at theoretical premises behind much of the mainstream approach to structural transformation and identifies alternate causal mechanisms to explain the different types of structural transformation observed in the developing world.

The paper explores, for each of the four key sectors (agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and services), the contributions of changes in per capita incomes, relative factor endowments, and sectoral productivity growth on sectoral shares of GDP, employment, and exports since 1990.

This paper examines the growth trajectory and the current state of the Indian automobile industry, paying attention to its transition from import substitution to integration into global production networks.

This paper finds that employment is driven by two offsetting factors: (i) final demand (either domestic or foreign) and (ii) labor productivity, with changes in interindustry structure also being important in the case of intermediate exports.

This paper examines how wages behave over the course of structural transformation using India’s labor force survey for 2000 and 2012.

Open Submissions

This paper explores the macroeconomic implications of improving public infrastructure in the Philippines by increasing public investment expenditure.

This paper measures the impact of extreme weather events—droughts and floods—on health-care utilization and expenditures in Sri Lanka.

Using a detailed dataset of manufacturing firms in Viet Nam, this paper hypothesizes that there exists a relationship between the exporting and ownership characteristics of firms and the incidence of accidents at work.

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