NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Intermediate Goods, Weak Links, and Superstars: A Theory of Economic Development

Charles I. Jones

NBER Working Paper No. 13834
Issued in March 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

I would like to thank Daron Acemoglu, Andy Atkeson, Pol Antras, Susanto Basu, Paul Beaudry, Roland Benabou, Olivier Blanchard, Bill Easterly, Xavier Gabaix, Luis Garicano, Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Chang Hsieh, Pete Klenow, Guido Lorenzoni, Kiminori Matsuyama, Ed Prescott, Dani Rodrik, Richard Rogerson, David Romer, Michele Tertilt, Alwyn Young and seminar participants at Berkeley, Brown, Chicago, the Chicago GSB, the LSE, the NBER growth meeting, Northwestern, Penn, Princeton, the San Francisco Fed, Stanford, Toulouse, UCLA, USC, and the World Bank for helpful comments. I am grateful to Urmila Chatterjee, On Jeasakul, and Mu-Jeung Yang for excellent research assistance, to the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for hosting me during the early stages of this research, and to the National Science Foundation and the Toulouse Network for Information Technology for financial support. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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