Economic Catch-up and Technological Leapfrogging: The Path to Development and Macroeconomic Stability in Korea

Economic Catch-up and Technological Leapfrogging: The Path to Development and Macroeconomic Stability in Korea

by Keun Lee


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This book elaborates upon the dynamic changes to Korean firms and the economy from the perspective of catch-up theory. The central premise of the book is that a latecomer’s sustained catch-up is not possible by simply following the path of the forerunners but by creating a new path or ‘leapfrogging’. In this sense, the idea of catch-up distinguishes itself from traditional views that focus on the role of the market or the state in development.

The author provides a comprehensive account of the micro and macro level changes, deals with both firm- and country-level capabilities, and explores the issue of macroeconomic stability to overcome financial crisis. The book demonstrates that at the firm level the focus is on innovation capabilities, diversification, internationalization and job creation. It goes on to examine the rise and upgrading of big businesses, such as Samsung, as well as the global success of SMEs.

Comprehensive and illuminating, this is an ideal book for students, academics and researchers interested in the economics of development and technological innovation. It will also be a valuable source book for policy makers in international development agencies, governments and the public sector.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785367922
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 826,681
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Keun Lee, winner of the 2014 Schumpeter Prize, and Professor, Seoul National University, Korea

Table of Contents

Contents: 1. Introduction PART I CATCH-UP AND LEAPFROGGING AT THE ECONOMY LEVEL 2. Historical Origins and Initial Conditions for Economic Catch-up 3. Korean Model of Catch-up Development: A ‘Capability-based View’ 4. Intellectual Property Rights and Technological Catch-up in Korea 5. From Miracle to Crisis and the Mirage of the Post-Crisis Reform 6. Maintaining Macro Stability for a Crisis-resilient Growth in Korea 7. Is Leapfrogging-Style Reform Possible in North Korea PART II CATCH-UP AND LEAPFROGGING AT THE SECTOR LEVEL 8. Catch-up and Leapfrogging in the 6 Sectors in the 1980s and 1990s 9. Digital Technology as a Window of Opportunity for Leapfrogging: The Display Industry 10. Technological Catch-up in Capital Goods Sector PART III CATCH-UP AND INTERNATIONALIZATION BY BIG BUSINESSES AND THE SMES 11. Samsung, Created in Korea and Replicated Overseas 12. Moving Factories Overseas and Impacts on Domestic jobs: Case of Samsung 13. Catch-up and Path-creating by SMEs: From OEM to OBM 14. Sequential Internationalization of the Korean SMEs in China Index

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