How to differentiate emerging countries? New Approaches For Classification And Typology

Once accepted the idea that the emerging world may behave like a block in period of crises (as the group of advanced countries also does), one must wonder whether one should go beyond that and consider that the emerging world deserves better: the wide divergence between countries, the health of some countries (sometimes better than some advanced countries) simply mean that it does not make sense to view the “emerging world” as a whole, as a block, but as well-defined, specific and homogeneous subsets.

The key questions are: how to define these groups and sub-groups? Are these sub-groups, in line with economic reality, also in line with financial reality (outperformance/underperformance)? That is what this Discussion Paper is about.

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