Catch-up and Crisis in Korea

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Edward Elgar, 2002 - Business & Economics - 166 pages
Korea has experienced one of the most profound economic transformations of any nation in history, and remains a very important focus of academic inquiry. Whilst the process of catch-up in Korea - led by export-oriented growth - has been rapid and, in a sense, very successful, it has also been subject to turbulence, not least in a crisis of near bankruptcy that has dramatically revealed its Achilles heel. Informed by the 1997 crisis, Wontack Hong writes a new history of the Korean economy; one that seeks to understand export-oriented catch-up in newly industrialized countries (NICs) whilst offering a realistic appraisal and forewarning of the pitfalls which could signal self-destruction.Catch-up and Crisis in Korea offers a balanced perspective on the Korean economy, and on newly industrialized countries in general, for those who have a serious interest in understanding the industrialization process.

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Wontack Hong, former Professor of Economics, Seoul University, South Korea

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