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IADB Conference on Development Banks Belo Horizonte March 31:  IADB Conference on Development Banks Belo Horizonte March 31 Latin American Development and the post Washington Consensus Consensus Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University I. CONTRASTING EXPERIENCES:  I. CONTRASTING EXPERIENCES Rapid growth in Asia Disappointment in the economies in transition and Africa And in Latin America Only limited growth And it was not sustainable And it was not sustained But even when growth did occur, it was not equitably shared Trickle down economics does not work At best indifferent, and at worst hostile, to policies that would have promoted equality China’s growth is unprecedented:  China’s growth is unprecedented Previous economic revolutions—like the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century—had seen growth rates peak at around 2 to 3% The golden age of growth in America in the fifties and sixties saw similar growth rates China’s growth has been three times these numbers Even faster than Asia miracle countries BUT CHINA IS NOT ALONE:  BUT CHINA IS NOT ALONE India’s enormous success More than two decades of growth of 5 to 6%, now approaching 8% And it’s more than just GDP:  And it’s more than just GDP China has had success not only in increasing GDP The fraction of the Chinese population living on less than $1 a day has fallen from 63.8% in 1981 to 16.6% twenty years later II. THE MEANING OF SUCCESS:  II. THE MEANING OF SUCCESS We need to be careful in assessing what we mean by success US: GDP increasing, but Increased poverty And even those in the middle worse off—as real median incomes falling Real wages stagnating—incomes would have fallen even more were it not that Americans are working more and more Imposing costs to the family Huge social costs Perhaps partially reflected in high level of violence and crime—ten times higher than others Meaning of success (2):  Meaning of success (2) Poor performance in other indicators—health Spends more, poorer results Lower ranking on HDI Growing problem: rich countries with poor people? U.S. and elsewhere, GDP increasing, but environment worsening Will growth be sustainable? Not only environmentally, but socially and economically Especially with huge deficits Important not to be misled by using wrong measures of success What we measure affects behavior Do not be beguiled by GDP Also look at HDI, median real income, Green NNP OBJECTIVE SHOULD BE SUSTAINABLE, EQUITABLE, DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT III. LATIN AMERICA IS NOT LIVING UP TO ITS OWN PAST—and falling behind others:  III. LATIN AMERICA IS NOT LIVING UP TO ITS OWN PAST—and falling behind others DECLINING GROWTH IN PER CAPITA INCOME IN LATIN AMERICA:  DECLINING GROWTH IN PER CAPITA INCOME IN LATIN AMERICA GROWTH RATES: BRAZIL, CHINA AND INDIA:  GROWTH RATES: BRAZIL, CHINA AND INDIA LATIN AMERICA ALSO EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS VOLATILITY OF GROWTH:  LATIN AMERICA ALSO EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS VOLATILITY OF GROWTH Unemployment in Latin America is relatively high:  Unemployment in Latin America is relatively high There has not even been a catch up from the lost decade:  There has not even been a catch up from the lost decade POVERTY RATES IN LATIN AMERICA HAS NOT DECLINED:  POVERTY RATES IN LATIN AMERICA HAS NOT DECLINED IV. INTERPRETING THE FAILURES AND SUCCESSES:  IV. INTERPRETING THE FAILURES AND SUCCESSES India’s success In spite of weaknesses in infrastructure Including electricity Better infrastructure would have led to even more growth In spite of absence of natural resources Or perhaps because The “natural resource curse” Growth occurred before trade liberalization And, like China, there is still not full capital market liberalization China’s success:  China’s success IN SPITE OF IT NOT FOLLOWING MOST OF DICTATES OF “CONVENTIONAL WISDOM” (WASHINGTON CONSENSUS) Not even clear property rights But clearer property rights might have led to even more impressive growth! Large role of government Including Industrial policy No free trade in earlier high growth period No free capital market liberalization—even today SUCCESS BECAUSE THEY FOLLOWED A DIFFERENT AGENDA Appropriate to their circumstances and history MUCH OF CONVENTIONAL WISDOM IS OFF THE MARK China’s success (2):  China’s success (2) China’s success is not just because of its cheap labor Labor costs in textiles actually higher than many other developing countries Chengdu becoming software center Jilin –example of how to deal with “rust belt problems” China’s 11th five year plan:  China’s 11th five year plan Two weeks ago, China adopted its 11th 5 year plan Comprehensive approach to development Emphasis on problems of inequality, and especially in the rural area Emphasis on the environment And emphasis on science and technology, maintaining competitiveness Including establishing global class universities A basis of independent innovation THE EMERGING CONSENSUS:  THE EMERGING CONSENSUS THE WASHINGTON CONSENSUS WAS NEITHER NECESSARY NOR SUFFICIENT FOR GROWTH HAD A TOO NARROW FOCUS ON WHAT WAS MEANT BY SUCCESS Ignored equity, democratic participation, environment EVEN ITS ECONOMICS WAS FLAWED:  EVEN ITS ECONOMICS WAS FLAWED CONFUSED MEANS WITH ENDS Liberalization, privatization were means, not ends in themselves And even accounting was flawed Numbers neither provided pictures of sustainability (balance sheet) inflationary pressures With enormous consequences, as privatizations were forced and land reform and other social initiatives were thwarted FOCUSED ON PRICE STABILITY, NOT REAL STABILITY, GROWTH, EMPLOYMENT Though high levels of inflation can be a problem EVEN ITS ECONOMICS WAS FLAWED (cont.):  FOCUSED ON TOO NARROW A SET OF INSTRUMENTS Because the Washington Consensus did not understand the limitations of markets, it focused on too limited a set of instruments it ignored: Land reform Industrial policies Strengthening the financial sector Improving education Competition policy Governance issues in both the public and private sector . EVEN ITS ECONOMICS WAS FLAWED (cont.) BASIC FRAMEWORK:  BASIC FRAMEWORK Need a balanced role for government Market is at the center of the economy But in every successful economy the government has played a large role In science and technology (internet) In making markets work (sound banking and securities market regulation In protecting the environment In maintaining social cohesion (income distribution, safety nets) Countries suffer as often from too little government as from too much Basic Framework (2): The importance of knowledge, technology:  Basic Framework (2): The importance of knowledge, technology We now recognize that what separates developed from less developed countries is not just a gap in resources, but a gap in knowledge There is a limit to the pace at which you can close a gap in resources Though China’s savings rate in excess of 42% helps speed the process But closing the gap in knowledge can occur at a very rapid rate That is why even a natural resource rich country like Malaysia has, in the last two years, switched from focusing on investments in infrastructure to investments in people and research The emerging consensus: trade:  The emerging consensus: trade Exports have played a role in the success of the East Asian and other high performing countries Import liberalization can destroy jobs New jobs aren’t automatically created Trade liberalization in general has not been associated with faster growth Though obviously, autarky is not an option Emerging Consensus: investment:  Emerging Consensus: investment Creating a favorable investment (business climate) is essential But some countries have done well without foreign investment One should probably not give preferences to foreign investors Short term capital flows do not result in higher growth, investment But do lead to more instability At the root of many of problems of last decade Emerging consensus: privatization:  Emerging consensus: privatization It makes sense for governments to focus on those areas where the markets, by themselves, fail to produce desirable outcomes Externalities, like pollution—markets produce too much Externalities and public goods—like research and social safety nets—markets produce too little Income distribution—even if markets were efficient, there may be excessive poverty, inequality Privatization (2):  Privatization (2) But privatizations have often failed Corrupt privatizations Failure to regulate—monopoly pricing (even better at exploiting consumers) Agency problems And there have been some highly successful government enterprises In many countries, industries Chile, Korea, Malaysia Emerging Consensus: Macro policy:  Emerging Consensus: Macro policy Of critical importance Harder to manage macro-policy with fully open capital markets High exchange rates and high interest rates hurt growth, employment Puzzle Brazil’s overall performance has not been as strong as one would have thought from its strong export performance Explanation: excessively tight monetary and fiscal policies Emerging consensus:  Emerging consensus Importance of credit availability Importance of competition policy Importance of education Both primary Higher education So where’s the controversy?:  So where’s the controversy? Industrial policy, development banks Not question of picking winners, but looking for externalities, coordinating needed infrastructure investments, other investments The record has been mixed Almost every successful country has had such policies Today, America’s is largely embedded in defense department But current American Administration is finally recognizing importance for America to remain competitive, increased NSF budget Brazil’s success:  Brazil’s success Brazil has demonstrated technological leadership Embraer airplane global best seller Bio-fuels have helped Brazil achieve energy independence All done with important support from government Including through development bank (BNDES) These have resulted in impressive export performance But why then has Brazil’s growth been so lackluster? Controversy (ii):  Controversy (ii) Institutions Independent central banks focusing exclusively on inflation… America focuses on employment and growth UK has government set inflation target Sweden makes sure that voice of workers is heard Importance associated with various items Equality/progressivity VAT is a regressive tax, and not even an efficient tax, in an economy with a large informal sector Land reform— sharecropping introduces a major distortion in the economy Most successful countries began with major land reforms Controversies (iii):  Controversies (iii) Credit—key role of making credit available at affordable interest rates Markets by themselves lead to undersupply in many areas In U.S., other successful countries—large role of government (guarantees, CRA) Foreign banks may lead to reduced supply to small and medium sized enterprises Important niche for Development Banks High profits suggest lack of competition—what should be done? Slide34:  What matters is both availability and lending rate (not just T-Bill rate) Greenwald and Stiglitz, New Paradigm in monetary economics Importance of reducing T-Bill rates and spreads Regulatory policy, competition policy and standard macro-economic policy instruments all have to be employed Slide35:  Which country looks in better shape? Which country looks like it should be growing faster? Slide36:  What accounts for this growth differential? Slide37:  It’s not inflation… Slide38:  Can high real interest rates explain differences in performance? Excessively tight fiscal and monetary policies in Brazil?:  Excessively tight fiscal and monetary policies in Brazil? Controversies:  Controversies Macro-policy Too narrow a view of objective—controlling inflation Good policy also looks at growth and employment Controlling inflation does not automatically lead to faster growth And indeed it may hamper long run growth Lower GDP now is associated with lower GDP long into the future Stabilization and growth policies are interconnected Relying on interest rates in crises limits use of debt Weakens financial markets and impairs efficiency of allocation of capital BEWARE OF WASHINGTON CONSENSUS PLUS:  BEWARE OF WASHINGTON CONSENSUS PLUS Lip-service to issues of distribution better safety nets or improved female education Emphasis on second generation of reforms Items left off in earlier agenda In particular about governance issues Step in the right direction But does not deal with fundamental inadequacies in the current approach V. Globalization will be imposing new challenges:  V. Globalization will be imposing new challenges Heightened competition Based on education, technology And heightened forces for inequality Particularly problematic in countries, like those of Latin America, where there is already high levels of inequality Will require an active role for government Changing Global Landscape:  Changing Global Landscape Thomas Friedman has suggested that “the world is flat”—for first time in human history, poor countries are competing on a level playing field But the world is not flat Disparities between the haves and have nots have increased Power of entrenched monopolies, like Micro-soft, is probably greater than ever before Importance of research gives enormous advantage to those who have the resources and skills to undertake it The Uruguay Round made the world less flat Especially TRIPs But the nature of competition is enormously changed Successful countries cannot simply rest on laurels And those coming from behind will have to work harder THESE CHANGES WILL AFFECT EVERYONE The successful countries are shaping globalization, and winning:  The successful countries are shaping globalization, and winning Nordic countries have been so successful, not only in growth, but in broader measures of success Readjusted their “welfare state” model to new realities But still retained model—including high taxes With better safety net, there can be more risk taking, entrepreneurship Success in modern technology based economies requires risk taking There may even be less of an equity-efficiency trade-off than we once thought VI. INSIGHTS FROM ECONOMIC THEORY:  VI. INSIGHTS FROM ECONOMIC THEORY The successful countries have actually followed models which are more in accord with economic theory than the Washington consensus They have recognized the importance of MARKET FAILURES MARKET FAILURES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES:  MARKET FAILURES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Problems are particularly significant in developing countries Markets also by themselves do not produce efficient outcomes when technology is changing or when there is learning about markets Such dynamic processes are at the heart of development There are important externalities in such dynamic processes Giving rise to an important role for government Successful East Asian countries recognized this role The Washington Consensus policies did not WASHINGTON CONSENSUS AND EQUALITY:  WASHINGTON CONSENSUS AND EQUALITY Justifications for ignoring equity It was argued that one could separate equity and efficiency considerations, and economics should just focus on efficiency Trickle-down economics meant that the poor gain if growth is pursued and attained There were really no “trade-offs”- the single best policy would benefit everyone Could essentially leave economic policymaking to technocrats to find that “best policy” PROBLEMS WITH THESE JUSTIFICATIONS:  PROBLEMS WITH THESE JUSTIFICATIONS These arguments are neither theoretically or empirically correct Modern theories emphasize that equality and efficiency cannot be separated Agency theory The arguments for land reform Sharecropping attenuates incentives just as taxes do Washington Consensus policies did serve the interests of technocrats And established special interests Too much faith in markets Even under the best of circumstances, there is no reason to believe markets are consistent with social justice But even if one did not care about equity, distribution of income, there is an important role for government because of market failures Equity is an “end” in itself:  Equity is an “end” in itself But equity promotes growth and even efficiency Better use of human resources Social and political sustainability VII. A Social Democratic Agenda:  VII. A Social Democratic Agenda Premised on the belief that those in Latin America know better what they want—and how to get it—than those in Wall Street or Washington or elsewhere Though they should seek advice, experience of others And they need to take into account reactions of others And what they care about puts weight on democracy, the environment, health, poverty, values besides increases in GDP Puts people first Both as the means of success—and the objective of success A Competitiveness/Growth Strategy which puts people and values first:  A Competitiveness/Growth Strategy which puts people and values first 1.Enhancing Competition Requiring strong anti-trust laws Strong regulations of natural monopolies 2. Strengthening the public sector (reinventing government) Strengthening progressive taxation Less reliance on V.A.T. More taxation of oligopolies Increasing transparency One of great achievements of current Administration Benchmarking efficiency A Competitiveness/Growth Strategy (ii):  A Competitiveness/Growth Strategy (ii) 3. Putting people first Investments in education, health Land reform Strengthened safety nets 4. Pro-growth policies Expanding credit Maintaining a pro-growth macro-policy Industrial/export promotion policies at national and state level Including investments in advanced education and research Latin America faces a choice:  Latin America faces a choice The policies just described have worked In Asia, in the Nordic countries They can work in Latin America as well Latin America has a choice between two strategies One has not been working well in Latin America or elsewhere Failed in promoting well-being of ordinary citizens Latin America faces a choice (2):  Latin America faces a choice (2) The alternative strategy—pursued in much of Asia-- has worked well, beyond the wildest expectations Though any strategy has to be adapted to local conditions; one size fits all policies do not work Fifteen years ago there was considerable uncertainty about the relative merits of alternative strategies Enormous successes and failures has now brought clarity Though in many circles ideology/interests still prevail Success of alternative model consistent with modern economic theory, with its recognition of the strengths and limits of markets Hopefully, the countries of Latin America will choose the strategy which is not only likely to enhance economic growth But also will have a greater chance of ensuring that the benefits of that growth are shared widely among the people of the region CONCLUDING REMARKS (i):  CONCLUDING REMARKS (i) Elements of the Post Washington Consensus Consensus Importance of equity Importance of employment Balanced role of government and market Promoting and regulating markets Providing institutional and physical infrastructure Promoting education, innovation and technology Providing social safety net, redistribution MORE THAN THEORY:  MORE THAN THEORY The ideas are not just of academic importance, but are of relevance to every major aspect of public policy Development is possible, but clearly not easy Equitable, sustainable and democratic development may even be more difficult Policies do matter The intellectual framework for thinking about policies provided by the Washington Consensus was badly flawed Concluding Comments (ii):  Concluding Comments (ii) There are other frameworks More rooted in economic theory And historical experience Which, at least in other countries, have worked better Faster, more sustainable growth More equitably shared These provide the basis of the Post Washington Consensus Consensus

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