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Japan's ultimately unaccursed natural resources-financed industrialization

Randall Morck () and Masao Nakamura ()

Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 2018, vol. 47, issue C, 32-54

Abstract: Japan's successful industrialization in the late 19th and early 20th century largely exhausted its then abundant natural resources. Rather than exemplifying rapid development in the absence of natural resources, Japan shows how laissez-faire government and successfully transplanted classical liberal institutions, including active stock markets, exorcised a natural resources curse that undermined its prior state-led industrialization strategy. Japan's post-WWII reconstruction relied little on natural resources and more on bank financing and state direction, but was not an example of an initial industrialization.

Keywords: Classical liberalism; Industrialization; Natural resources curse; Japan; Big Push (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G3 N25 O2 P28 Q32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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