Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. DOI: A widely entertained hypothesis holds that, in comparisons among countries, productivity growth rates tend to vary inversely with productivity levels. A century of experience in a group of presently industrialized countries supports this hypothesis and the convergence of productivity levels it implies. The rate of convergence, however, varied from period to period and showed marked strength only during the first quarter-century following World War II.
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Co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for International Development. In then-Stanford professor Moses Abramovitz argued in a seminal article that all countries that are relatively backward in their levels of productivity had the potential for rapid advance, and indeed could quickly catch up with the leading economies if they could realize that potential.
Booth will explore the reasons for this. She studies the modern economic history of Southeast Asia with emphasis on the 20 th century. Before she held research and teaching positions in Singapore and Australia. She grew up in New Zealand. Skip to: Skip to content Skip to navigation. Availability RSVP. Co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for International Development In then-Stanford professor Moses Abramovitz argued in a seminal article that all countries that are relatively backward in their levels of productivity had the potential for rapid advance, and indeed could quickly catch up with the leading economies if they could realize that potential.
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Catching Up, Forging Ahead, and Falling Behind
Moses Abramovitz January 1, — December 1, was a 20th-century American economist and professor. During his career, he made many contributions to the study of macroeconomic fluctuations and economic growth over time. Born and raised in a Jewish family in Brooklyn , New York , he completed his bachelor's degree in economics summa cum laude at Harvard University. He went to Harvard with the intention of becoming a lawyer and studied criminal justice as well as economics.