The evolution of sectoral systems in various countries
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This paper aims to discuss the major factors that affect the catch up of countries in different sectoral systems. The paper is organized as follows. After an introduction to the catch up of countries in general, Section 2 puts forward the claim that catch up of countries has been usually associated with the emergence and growth of some leading sectors. These sectors are characterized by sectoral systems that differ greatly in their characteristics and dynamics. The notion of sectoral system is discussed in general in Section 3, while in Section 4 some basic evidence on the factors affecting catch up of countries in different sectoral systems is discussed. Then in Section 5 differences in the catch up across countries but in the same sectoral system are discussed. The paper then concludes discussing the Catch up Project which is underway and, among other issues, aims to tackle catch up in sectoral systems.