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DevTalks - The Art of Economic Catch-Up: Barriers, Detours and Leapfrogging


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As a part of the “DEV TALKS” Series

Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development, 
is pleased to invite you to a discussion about the book

“The Art of Economic Catch-Up: Barriers, Detours and Leapfrogging”


Keun Lee
Professor of Economics, Seoul National University

Tuesday, 27 February 2018
10:00 to 12:00, OECD Conference Centre – room D


Economic development is not a linear process. Emulating the success of predecessors has always been a characteristic of successful catching up cases. However, learning from others is not enough for countries to develop and transition to higher income economies. The capacity to innovate, to take original development paths and to learn from the mistakes of early industrialisers are also key determinants of catching up.

Professor Keun Lee discusses the “art” of catching up in his recently published book. Based on historical and empirical evidence, technological capabilities, and intellectual property management, Professor Lee’s research shows how successful countries have caught up not by copying and transplanting the institutions and practices of more advanced economies, but rather by adjusting, improvising, taking different paths and exploring new possibilities.


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