PAPER COMMENTS: "The Political Economy of Inclusive Rural Growth" [CARTER & MORROW]

ABSTRACT: "Abstract Commentators on the `East Asian Miracle' of inclusive growth have often pointed toward shared rural growth policies. But why were these policies not chosen elsewhere? This paper models voters who invest in either subsistence or a complex technology in which public goods complement private capital. Investment and technology choices vary with wealth and the level of public goods enforced by political lobbies. Outcomes depend on the strength of the incipient middle class who bolster political incentives through contributions. Economies with a stronger middle class due to lower inequality or lower risk may thereby sustain higher productivity through public good provision." (pdf)

COMMENTS: In fact, this paper goes beyond traditional political economy, and precises a growth model based on technology and productivity, around the presence of public goods. Maybe this paper will establish some empirical results around the so-called "inclusive growth", in order to make it more economical than political. On the other hand, this model becomes even more real, when it establishes different types of consumers and producers in the rural world, and assign them different equations. A must read for an "apolitical" view of rural development. 

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