Albert Hirschman, Lauchlin Currie, "linkages" theory, and Paul Rosenstein Rodan's "Big Push"

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This paper introduces a hitherto unpublished 1970 paper written by the distinguished development economist Lauchlin Currie (1902-93) on Paul Rosenstein Rodan’s famous 1943 paper on the “Big Push” which led to the balanced-unbalanced growth debate to which Albert Hirschman (1915-2012) was an important contributor. Both Currie and Hirschman had been key economic advisers to the Colombian government and their respective views on development planning are contrasted. In particular, it is shown how Currie (1970) illuminates the theory behind the 1971-74 national plan for Colombia that he prepared and helped deliver; and how the related institutional innovations have had an enduring impact on Colombia’s recent economic history.
Translated title of the contributionAlbert Hirschman, Lauchlin Currie, "linkages" theory, and Paul Rosenstein Rodan's "Big Push"
LanguageSpanish
Pages53-68
Number of pages16
JournalRevista de Economía Institucional
Volume20
Issue number39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2018

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Keywords

  • Lauchlin Currie
  • Albert Hirschman
  • balanced growth
  • unbalanced growth

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