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The argument of Breakout Nations is that the astonishingly rapid growth over the last decade of the world's celebrated emerging markets is. Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the. Next Economic Miracle. Sharma, Ruchir. ( ) W. W. Norton & Company, New York, London. “If the local prices in an. Breakout Nations - Ruchir Sharma - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read book online. Security Analysis.

Secondly, lot of Chinese industries have already started migrating to Vietnam, Combodia and even Africa. Author has totally forgotten this fact. Has any nation prevented it from doing this?

Isn't this a world-wide phenomenon? This happens everywhere. Why single out China? About India: Agreed, that there is a regional market in India but that doesn't mean that the global brands do well only on certain big cities in India.

It is surprising that the author has linked the local politics to influence the choice of people over commodities. The consumer tastes of India cannot be as homogenous as other countries but the global brands have same acceptance everywhere in India.

Even a child in India knows that there is more undocumented money in India than on the Govt. If you closely study the GDP of Indian states, you will find a comparable growth. Look at the per capita of Bihar. How can he say that Bihar and UP offers better economic possibilities than Tamilnadu which already has a high per capital with a steady growth rate.

It is easier grow when the base is very low compared to a higher base. About Russia: The author is not very optimistic about Russia either. Boris Yeltsin was drinking hard and firing top ministers during 90s and running a national debt.

One of the biggest failures of Yeltsin was privatization of state industries. Investing in an industry is a long term process. The good result that Putin achieved was because Yeltsin initiated the privatisation. He used those travels as the basis for his monthly columns in The Economic Times, and later became a regular columnist for Newsweek International, as well a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other global publications.

Typically, when an emerging economy gets hot, it will grow fast for a decade, maybe two, then backslide when its leaders grow complacent. The result is that most emerging nations remain emerging nations and very few including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore have grown fast enough for long enough to emerge into the ranks of developed nations.

Sharma refers to those with the brightest prospects as "Breakout Nations," which he defines as an economy that can sustain faster growth than peers in the same per capita income category for the foreseeable future, which he considers no more than five to ten years. And as China slows, nations like Brazil and Russia that thrived mainly by selling raw materials to China will slow as well.

He argues that in focusing investment on welfare rather than infrastructure, Brazil has created an economy with too little capacity—too few roads, schools—which means that when the economy starts to grow fast, demand for these facilities quickly outstrips supply, triggering inflation at a relatively slow rate of growth of only 4 percent. In early , Sharma argued in an oped for the New York Times that while the China bulls are too optimistic about its ability to sustain 8 percent growth indefinitely, the bears are too quick to forecast disaster.

The greater likelihood is that China "is slowing to a rate that is ideal for the interests of the United States: fast enough to remain an important pillar of global economic growth, but not fast enough for China to remain a disruptive threat to American power. He contends that the inevitable slowdown of China, as its economy matures, would restore the normal global commodity cycle, in which prices rise for a decade and fall for two decades.

Those include Russia, Brazil and "nasty petro states", and their retreat will greatly help commodity importers such as the United States.

In China. Beauty parlors mushroom at every corner. Among increasingly brand-conscious young men in northern India it is popular to flaunt the red band of Jockey underwear over low-waisted denim jeans. As Beijing relocates members of the Han Chinese majority—who constitute 90 percent of the population—to minority regions. In rural Bihar. Car sales are increasing faster in the North than in the South. In India that generally meant the cities and the South.

In China everyone is learning to speak Mandarin. Brand managers need to think of India as a United States of Europe and deal accordingly with the problem of selling goods in a nation where even the dates and names of the holiday seasons—as well as the peak seasons for brand advertising—shift state by state.

This has allowed the new consumerism to penetrate the most rural and traditional corners of the country. In India there are mainly regional snacks. The roster of festivals covers everything from the harvests in January and August to religious celebrations of gods and goddesses. The growing sense of Chinese nationalism. I say. Many are celebrated in some states but not others. As of It was often possible to hire a stand-in to undergo the sterilization for a measly sum.

Gandhi struck back and imposed emergency rule that hot June. In the last decade. Even into the s the new government kept urging Indians to embrace population control as a civic duty. The shelves of Indian libraries groan with research reports that argue for the inevitable wonders of this demographic dividend.

After two. A common crack at the time. Candidates were then pressured to undergo the fifteen-minute surgery by roving sterilization teams. The program required every government employee to identify at least two candidates who had fathered two or more children.

During the s and s the growing population was seen as a threat to the economy. The catchiest advertising jingle of the decade was a public-service ditty that went like this: On the advice of family and close confidants. The government tried to break down the widespread resistance by offering volunteers a free radio.

The Congress Party lost the election. For the last five years government spending has been growing at a 20 percent annual pace. For now the demographers rule. China was able to convert its growing labor force into an economic miracle by encouraging a rapid mass migration of inland farmers to the more productive coastal cities.

The development of this habit—deficit spending in good times as well as bad—was a major contributor to the current debt problems in the United States and Western Europe.

Over the last decade. A recent survey by the consulting firm Aon Hewitt shows that salaries of urban workers are rising faster in India than anywhere else in Asia. Consulting trends like these should be treated with the amused detachment they deserve. The Gandhi family has continued to show its trademark sensitivity to the poor.

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India Is a Political Chameleon. Over the past decade the share of the Chinese population living in urban areas rose from 35 to 46 percent. The growth in demographic analysis as a global industry is striking. These are exactly the factors that have prematurely choked growth in other emerging markets.

The great Indian rope trick may be impossible. Lesser versions of the rope trick—with no one disappearing into the sky and no falling body parts—are still impressive enough to keep audiences riveted to the show.

No other large economy has so many stars aligned in its favor. The recent case of national overconfidence could give way just as fast to a healthier sense of urgency. It was only in the last decade that India came to see itself as the next China. Indian policy makers cannot assume that demographics will triumph and that problems such as rising crony capitalism and increased welfare spending are just sideshows instead of major challenges.

Only now is the southern sense of superiority over the North giving way to a newfound respect. These include some of the most dynamic urban areas.

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In China twenty-three cities have grown from a population of one hundred thousand to more than a million since But destiny can never be taken for granted. The wild card for India is its freewheeling democracy. Rising population helps drive growth when people are moving to higher-paying and more productive factory jobs in the cities. Even if they were ignoring the basic dynamics of how demographics. India has only six cities in this explosive growth category.

Almost every major emerging-market currency has strengthened against the dollar over the last decade. Brazil is a top exporter of every commodity that has seen dizzying price surges—iron ore.

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If there is a divine hand here. Foreign money-flows into Brazilian stocks and bonds climbed heavenward. The flood of foreign money buying up Brazilian assets has made the currency one of the most expensive in the world.

Brazil is the un-China. Hotel rooms cost more in Rio than on the French Riviera. But Russia. Wages were pegged to inflation but were increased at varying intervals in different industries.

Those who make this comparison are referring only to the fact that they are the biggest players in their home regions. Economists have all kinds of fancy ways to measure the real value of a currency. On a recent visit I spent twenty-four dollars buying a Bellini for a girl from Ipanema. In early the major Rio paper. Prices rose so fast that checks would lose 30 percent of their value by the time businesses could deposit them.

Brazil had just put together a four-year run of 4 percent growth. There is no better example of how absurd it is to lump all the big emerging markets together than the frequent pairing of Brazil and China. Since the early s the Brazilian growth rate has oscillated around an average of 2. This is not the profile of a rising economic power.

But even taking into account the fact that it is harder for rich nations to grow quickly. It may not be entirely fair to compare economic growth in Brazil with that of its Asian counterparts.

O Globo. It spends too little on roads and too much on welfare. Brazil has pushed reforms only in the most dire circumstances. China has been pushing too hard to keep its currency too cheap to help its export industries compete. While China has introduced reforms relentlessly for three decades. But by the s. Brazil has long since entered a zone that should be considered excessive.

Fearful of foreign shocks. Each new president came in with a plan—typically a different version of the same plan—which was basically to freeze prices and introduce a new currency.

The cruzeiro yielded to the cruzado. Obsessed until recently with high growth. As soon as they were paid. Hyperinflation finally came under control in Those high rates have attracted a surge of foreign money.

Brazil lost its way and succumbed to the populist appeal of trying to lock in a comfortable lifestyle: This is not how Brazil used to be. While China is just starting to ponder the creation of a welfare state. China is only now beginning to consider a shift in spending priorities to create social programs that protect its people from the vicissitudes of old age and unemployment.

Brazil has battled inflation ever since by maintaining one of the highest interest rates in the emerging world. A former executive of a major U. The average student in. The arteries of the labor pool are just as clogged. If the nation invests too little in its schools and is producing too few highly skilled workers. It also means the economy can overheat at a very low rate of growth.

To pay for its big government Brazil has jacked up taxes and now has a tax burden that equals 38 percent of GDP. Unemployment has fallen to a decade-low 6 percent.

With schools underfunded. Scavengers would follow the truck. Over the same period. The Unambitious Brazilian Model In China all the big reforms of the last thirty years provided big openings—freeing peasants to migrate to the cities. When a contagion swept through emerging-market currencies in the late s and threatened Brazil.

The experience of driving on a smooth new highway. Specifically the share of that overall investment devoted to new infrastructure—roads. The president most responsible for getting hyperinflation under control was Fernando Collor de Mello. Wages are going up. There is a shortage of engineers and technical workers. Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Brazil stays in school for only seven years. And if businesses are short of everything. It may seem counterintuitive. The broad measure of how fully an economy is employing its total stock of labor and equipment—a number called the capacity utilization rate—is running at a very high level of 84 percent in Brazil.

Even the service in high-end Rio hotels—which charge up to a thousand dollars a night for a room on Ipanema Beach—sometimes struggle to get rooms cleaned before the late afternoon. The dramatic change in the power of commodity exporters was captured well by Glenn Stevens. Brazil seemed to achieve the impossible when its inflation rate fell to a low of 3 percent in April —the same as in the United States.

Over the last ten years the top-performing sectors in emerging markets were energy and materials. The manufacturing share of GDP peaked at Since Brazil never recorded the gangbuster growth rates of other big commodity exporters like Russia.

With all the money flowing into Brazil. The strong demand for Brazilian coffee. Lula was delivering what the Brazilian people really wanted. Once in power.

At the same moment. The commodity windfall is fun while it lasts. But those who have come to admire the Brazilian model focus on its relatively strong recent economic growth of about 4 percent.

Ollanta Humala campaigned for president in as a classic Latin firebrand. The most dramatic example. In Peru. Lula left office in early widely viewed as a model for Latin America. That is hollowing out Brazilian factories. The Unsolvable Trilemma Right now Brazil offers a good example of one of the more popular projects in economics.

China needs to cut back its investment binge and let its currency appreciate. Saudi Arabia did not do so for many years. China faces the opposite problem: Brazil needs more investment.

If they want a more competitive currency. In it was expected to produce two million. In a globalized world with huge international money flows. Foreign capital flows ensure that neither Brazil nor China can achieve their aims without harming themselves in some other way.

Chinese investors are bullish on Brazil. If the authorities want to stabilize inflation. Following major oil discoveries in recent years. That could be a good thing for the world—and for Brazil.

A case in point was South Korea. Brazil represents a positive turn in emerging markets. In this respect at least. Stock markets should rise in value when the economy is growing. In recent years with a few glaring exceptions.

In places such as India. The banker from the nation with one of the highest interest rates in the world and the investor from a nation where money is virtually free ended up talking straight past one another. Brazil has been one of the hottest stock markets in the emerging world over the last decade. Interest rates? And with the Chinese state holding real interest rates near zero. The Brazilian banker explained. Emerging-market companies focused on getting big—more employees.

The more accurately a stock market reflects the real economy. Companies saw the stock market as a place to raise quick money. Perhaps for that reason Indian politicians are always asking themselves. Batista is now one of the ten wealthiest men in the world. For Eike. There is a reason why Brazil is the second-largest market in the world for armored cars.

For the most part Brazilians seem content with this. While Chinese leaders have recognized and vigorously debated the imbalances they face. Carlos Slim of Mexico. He also goes everywhere with his guard dog. But in many developing nations.

Critics see the reportage of every blip and blink in the markets as the ultimate expression of short-term thinking. In these countries. His ambition is to overtake the richest. The impact of this vocal investor class on critical national decisions is tough to quantify.

As capital markets play an increasingly important role in funding growth. Brazilians are only starting to recognize how overpriced their economy is. Time to Experiment There is not much sign of a similar obsession taking hold in government circles.

One of the more telling cases involves the richest businessman in Brazil.

Eike Batista. The rise of leaders like Lula—who campaign as radicals and govern as moderates— reflects how the global market culture effectively narrows policy choices. Unless God really is Brazilian. If Brazil does not carry out the reforms. The authorities are loath to lower barriers. In a recent conversation Arminio Fraga. Brazil needs to start experimenting. Brazil maintains a host of antiquated trade barriers. In Mexico it reflects.

This perverse disconnect between the stock market and the economy is unusual in the current global environment. While big Mexican companies use their fat profits at home to become major multinationals. Cornered markets mean the oligopolists have little incentive to invest and innovate: That explains why Mexico has had one of the hottest stock markets and one of the most sluggish economies in the emerging world.

Mexico itself has fallen behind. Over the last ten years the Mexican stock market increased by more than percent in dollar terms. Mexico was once the richest country in Latin America. The economy has been expanding at an average rate of barely 3 percent for the last decade.

The top-ten business families control almost every industry. With a population of million. A Petri dish for monopolies of all kinds: The war on the cartels produces another drug bust. The oligopolistic structure dates to the s. The state monopolies became private monopolies. But GM. Mexico has produced high inequality with little growth: Manufacturing exporters. This leaves Mexico with a growing concentration of global wealth in the hands of the few.

Private cartels produce about 40 percent of the goods that Mexicans consume and charge prices that are 30 percent higher than international averages. Today the top-ten Mexican families account for more than a third of its total stock market value—one of the highest concentrations among emerging markets. America Movil.

Mexico is a troubling outlier on the Kuznets curve. They have used the cash generated from captive domestic consumers to push abroad. There are a few nations. About 45 percent of the revenues of Mexican public companies are generated outside Mexico. The next-biggest sector is oil and utilities. American corporate profits are becoming politically controversial as they consume a growing share of the economic pie.

The companies that dominate the stock market are focused on telecommunications and media within Mexico. The clearest examples are countries dominated by oligopolies. This is particularly true in the oil patch. The incoming president. Until the elections of July Vicente Fox of the National Action Party.

Fox failed to curtail their power because they still held power. Negotiating political deals was easy because all the various groups—the ruling party. Corporations fought to keep taxes down to just 12 percent of GDP. The PRI still considers its decision to take over the oil industry a landmark victory for the nation. By In these economies.

The PRI maintained support by passing out privileges —including parliamentary seats—to favored interests.

It had ruled with little challenge for seventy years. Many emerging markets have dominant families in big business. Polls still show that an overwhelming majority of Mexicans are hostile to privatization and believe that the government should control the economy.

Such groups are entirely self-interested: Cutting deals required only that the oligarchs meet in a back room and work things out. These kinds of deals conspired to tarnish the era of unbroken PRI rule.

Pemex has nearly And to say Indian billionaires are comfortable with displays of their wealth is an understatement. They ride around in bulletproof cars. At four hundred thousand square feet and twenty-seven stories. India is still a healthier social environment than Mexico.

Like Brazil. Mexico is a declining exporter of oil. The public-sector union in the oil industry refuses to open the industry to outsiders. It has seen virtually no turnover in recent years. If this seems excessive. The Pemex monopoly is so inefficient that the country gains little from spiking oil prices. Mukesh Ambani. The Worried Tycoons The list of top Mexican billionaires reflects this stagnation.

The same few families have gotten wealthier. Investment is low. It is earning a lot less from oil than it did five years ago. By contrast. An increasing number of wealthy and entrepreneurial Mexicans are securing a special class of U. To a large extent the decades-long drug war in Mexico involves the bad guys firing on police or on one another. Not that Mexican magnates are exactly comfortable. I just heard the story of a. To a striking extent. In the average manufacturing wage in China was percent lower than that in Mexico.

An increase of 1 percent in the U. China looked like a juggernaut bound to destroy the Mexican economy. Proximity to the U. It is perhaps unsurprising that. Trade with the United States had revived the Mexican economy after the collapse of the peso in With wages in China now rising sharply. But the stock prices of Mexican companies seem oblivious to all this violence.

With higher productivity growth and much lower wages. The exception is when a government offensive takes out a cartel leader. That means Mexico competes head-to-head with China. The fear proved partly right: The drug business operates as a kind of parallel economy. Just like in other manufacturing powers such as the United States and Japan. To a large extent the cartels have carved the northern border region into corridors leading to the United States.

But there is a long road ahead. Some foreign operations proved too expensive. In recent years one of the key drivers of growth elsewhere in Latin America was an aggressive and innovative push by banks to extend credit into previously unserved low-income neighborhoods.

Even by he had achieved no meaningful progress on any of those fronts. Mexico is not the only emerging market dominated by oligopolists. Some of the Mexican global giants have seen their stock price collapse. The bottom line is that the nascent signs of government willingness to take on oligopolies combined with the outbreak of intra-tycoon skirmishing could foretell a turn toward genuine competition. This is quite remarkable: Under pressure.

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Smaller telecommunication companies began pushing harder for the government to challenge the high connection and termination fees that America Movil. Mexico increased it by just 3 percentage points to 24 percent of GDP. For now Mexico lies low in the water. The global financial crisis has started the process of eroding the defenses and privileges of the oligopolies.

While the average emerging market increased bank lending to businesses and individuals by 20 percentage points to 50 percent of GDP in the s. Ever since the peso crisis the mainstream Mexican banks have kept an incredibly tight leash on credit—the kind of sluggish spirit that is natural in an uncompetitive market.

And government started to listen. If the global crisis of exposed many nations for borrowing too much. Slim has fought back. The peso is also still cheap compared to most emerging-market currencies. In the last decade many of them borrowed to help build their global presence.

The peso crashed. The Philippines provides. So if there is hope for Mexico. The Philippines also has a much easier task. The political system responds slowly to popular anger. Between and Mexican voters are frustrated with the deteriorating security situation.

Mexico saw a net outward migration of 2. The international consensus is that the Mexican economy will continue to underperform in the years ahead. The political class needs to face more pressure before real change comes. If you want a cab you either call a radio car or flag down a freelancer in an unmarked car. Yet other than St. The government heavily controls what is said on TV but not in the papers. It is the world capital of oversized nouveau-riche displays. They say money talks and wealth whispers.

Russia has to import millions of tons of meat and poultry for its domestic consumption. Since it was opened to the world in There are signs of such limitless consumption at the top that local historians say it feels as decadent as the last days of ancient Rome.

A major exporter of wheat. Many Muscovites drive around the capital in fancy German cars. I see plenty of excess in other emerging-market capitals. I know Moscow businessmen who go mushroom picking on weekends—by helicopter.

Traveling the miles from Moscow to St. Traveling inside Russia is like traveling through time: Moscow and St. Petersburg takes less than four hours. While auto sales are increasing at a double-digit pace and are particularly. Petersburg are connected by an ultramodern high-speed rail system imported from Germany.

The government is investing so little—investment represents just 20 percent of GDP. The political freedoms that had begun to emerge under Yeltsin largely evaporated. One of the biggest economic failures of the Yeltsin administration was the botched privatization of state industries.

Putin and his top economic aides were deeply afraid it would fall back to twenty dollars. Putin provided the basics that Russia needed. Putin was more of a mystery at the start. At just forty-seven years old he was young enough to rule for a long time. Every big emerging market except Brazil modernized its major airports during the economic boom of the s. The thin information on his rapid rise through the back rooms of the St.

The result is one economy under two systems. He was drinking hard and constantly firing his top ministers. Though oil and gas officially account for a bit more than 20 percent of GDP. They go to the heart of how things work today: But for eight years at least.But it will hardly be a cataclysmic event for the global economy.

He neglects the size of two countries and also neglects that fact that Japan was never cheap in technological products but China was able to deliver cheap tech.

In the first half of the difference between the best- performing and the worst-performing major stock markets in the emerging world was just 10 percent. Analysts remain skeptical that high rates of economic growth will continue, particularly since Russia's planned budgets through assume that oil prices will steadily increase.

And if businesses are short of everything.

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