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Development and Structural Change in Asia-Pacific by Christer Gunnarsson, Martin Andersson

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7 Beyond policy explanations
Towards an alternative analysis of economic development in the Asia-Pacific region
 
Martin Andersson and Christer Gunnarsson

Introduction

The so-called miracle economies of the Asia-Pacific region are characterised not only by exceptionally high growth rates and successful industrialisation programmes, but also by their relatively equitable distribution of income. It is this combination of growth, structural transformation and equity that makes the Asia-Pacific experience unique. In fact, it is the combination that makes the miracle and makes it worthwhile studying whether there are policy lessons to be learned. Is there an Asia-Pacific model of economic development? On the one hand, there are major ...

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