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Regional Development in Lao PDR - Growth Patterns and Market Integration

Andersson, Magnus LU ; Engvall, Anders and Kokko, Ari (2007) In EIJS Working Papers Series
Abstract
Lao PDR has shown a strong record of economic growth and poverty alleviation since the early 1990s. Yet, the pace of economic development has varied significantly between different parts of the country - the rate of growth was initially faster in more developed areas, but after the mid-1990s growth has been stronger in poorer rural areas. Here it is shown that this pattern of regional development has been driven by the nature of market integration. This is highlighted in three case studies covering: (i) the effect of transport infrastructure and local institutions on domestic consumer good markets; (ii) the process of regional integration with neighboring countries; and (iii) the ability of Lao producers to compete on the world market for... (More)
Lao PDR has shown a strong record of economic growth and poverty alleviation since the early 1990s. Yet, the pace of economic development has varied significantly between different parts of the country - the rate of growth was initially faster in more developed areas, but after the mid-1990s growth has been stronger in poorer rural areas. Here it is shown that this pattern of regional development has been driven by the nature of market integration. This is highlighted in three case studies covering: (i) the effect of transport infrastructure and local institutions on domestic consumer good markets; (ii) the process of regional integration with neighboring countries; and (iii) the ability of Lao producers to compete on the world market for coffee. (Less)
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regional development, Lao PDR, Laos, market integration, infrastructure
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No 234
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European Instiute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics
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  abstract     = {Lao PDR has shown a strong record of economic growth and poverty alleviation since the early 1990s. Yet, the pace of economic development has varied significantly between different parts of the country - the rate of growth was initially faster in more developed areas, but after the mid-1990s growth has been stronger in poorer rural areas. Here it is shown that this pattern of regional development has been driven by the nature of market integration. This is highlighted in three case studies covering: (i) the effect of transport infrastructure and local institutions on domestic consumer good markets; (ii) the process of regional integration with neighboring countries; and (iii) the ability of Lao producers to compete on the world market for coffee.},
  author       = {Andersson, Magnus and Engvall, Anders and Kokko, Ari},
  keyword      = {regional development,Lao PDR,Laos,market integration,infrastructure},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Working Paper},
  number       = {No 234},
  pages        = {55},
  publisher    = {European Instiute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics},
  series       = {EIJS Working Papers Series},
  title        = {Regional Development in Lao PDR - Growth Patterns and Market Integration},
  year         = {2007},
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