This DPR Debate is based on the contribution by Justin Lin, Chief Economist at the World Bank, and his colleague Célestin Monga, on ‘Growth Identification and Facilitation: The Role of the State in the Dynamics of Structural Change’. The article is important and timely as it articulates a number of new policy implications from Justin Lin's earlier work on New Structural Economics which was discussed in a previous DPR debate (Lin and Chang, 2009). The article provides a novel and practical 6-step plan for governments to facilitate growth, and constitutes a credible alternative to existing frameworks (growth diagnostic framework, competiveness analysis, capability analysis, investment-climate analysis). Moreover, it reinvigorates the debate on the appropriate role of growth policy in development, which has once again become a topical issue in development economics. This DPR Debate contains the article and comments on it from five distinguished specialists, and closes with a rejoinder by Lin and Monga.
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