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Identifying a Country As ¨Developed¨ Based On Their Structural Similarities

Soza-Amigo, Sergio and Aroca, Patricio (2015): Identifying a Country As ¨Developed¨ Based On Their Structural Similarities.

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This research begins with the following questions:  Is there consistency between the identification of development and the economic structure it possesses?; Are there similarities between the economies identified with differences in their levels of development?; and, are there non- developed economies with the same structure of developed economies?  To answer these questions, similarities of input-output tables obtained from the OECD (Mid90, Early00 and Mid00) are reviewed, and after, a case study is performed on the Chilean economy. The similarities and changes are investigated by using a structural similarity index, and then by comparing correlations. The results show that: traditional indicators can only be used as references and are non-categorical in their identifications of development; the economies show significant similarities according to their level of development, and there exists significant structural similarities between developed economies and the economy of Chile.

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