I have just read Erik Reinert's, "How Rich Countries Got Rich… and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor". Can anybody advise me some further reading on this topic? I wonder, in particular,

  • if there were investigations on the influence of the international specialization of labour on the migration processes?

  • if there were experiments in this field?

Thank you.


It's been too long since I read those, so I don't exactly remember whether they answer your two specific questions, but if you are interested in the topic you should definitely have a look at:

and the corresponding TED talk at

  • $\begingroup$ while it's helpful to provide links, answers really have to be self-contained. At the moment, this text doesn't provide any answer to the question: it just advises readers to go elsewhere. What we're trying to do is build up a body of great content here, supplemented by signposts to knowledge elsewhere. $\endgroup$ – 410 gone Sep 14 '15 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ @EnergyNumbers : I agree with you in principle. For instance, I think I could have made more effort on a recent answer at economics.stackexchange.com/questions/8214/who-owns-german-debt/…‌​. I did not have much time then and thought it was better than nothing. This being said, because the current question is specifically tagged as a "reference-request", I thought links would be enough (although I admitedly only answer the "Can anybody advise me some further reading on this topic?" part of the question). Anyways, I would understand any opinion otherwise ans subsequent downvotes. $\endgroup$ – Martin Van der Linden Sep 14 '15 at 21:20

If Reinert's central claim is that protectionist trade policies promote economic growth, the only empirical evidence I've seen points in exactly the opposite direction. That would be Xavier Sala-i-Martin's papers on growth accounting, such as "The Economic Tragedy of the XXth Century: Growth in Africa".


  • $\begingroup$ I must say, I did not understand your point. $\endgroup$ – Sergei Akbarov Sep 15 '15 at 21:43

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