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Griffith, Breda

Growth and Competitiveness Group, World Bank Institute
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macroeconomics; regional economics; entrepreneurship; small business
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Last updated: January 31, 2023
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Breda Griffith has worked as a consultant with WBI since 2005 in the areas of growth, poverty, gender, development, and labor markets. She has publications in refereed journals on development and language maintenance, entrepreneurship, and small business. Breda has also co-authored books on economic growth, poverty, gender and macroeconomic policy, new directions in development, labor markets in developing countries, and geography of growth. Previously she was a lecturer in DCU Business School, Dublin, Ireland and a Researcher at Queensland Treasury, Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Publication
    Clusters of Competitiveness
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2013) Nallari, Raj; Griffith, Breda
    Competitiveness is a broad subject with applications at the level of the firm, industry, region, nation, and global economy. Each one of these aspects has a rich literature drawn on by academics and policy makers over a long period. This book seeks to present a broad overview of the main ideas underlying competitiveness and its applications, highlighting, and discussing in greater depth the topics that are of relevance currently. The book draws out the experiences of and lessons for developing economies and examines in detail the role for policy. This paper is structured as follows: chapter one addresses competition and competition policy; chapter two examines competitiveness by analyzing its many different indicators; chapter three looks further at indexes of national competitiveness that describe international competitive performance; chapter four addresses innovation, an increasingly important aspect of competitiveness; and chapter five discusses competitiveness and clusters.
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    Understanding Growth and Poverty : Theory, Policy, and Empirics
    (World Bank, 2011) Nallari, Raj; Griffith, Breda
    This volume is an introduction to the theories and policies that affect economic growth and poverty. It is a compilation of lecture notes used in face-to-face and e-learning courses presented by the World Bank Institute's (WBI) Poverty Program during 2004-08. The volume is divided into three parts. Part one discusses basic concepts and measurement issues pertaining to poverty, national income, and economic growth. Part two deals with the macroeconomic policies that are critical for economic growth in the short term. It covers government enforced fiscal and exchange-rate policies and the roles of financial institutions, development assistance (or aid), debt relief, and trade policies. Part three covers the structural and sectoral policies that affect longer-term economic growth and poverty reduction. To underscore the impact of good governance and effective service delivery in growth and poverty reduction, separate chapters are devoted to institutional and technological development, education, health, labor, and land. The volume ends with a chapter that summarizes knowledge of growth theory, reviews the process of growth in 13 successful countries, and draws out implications for other developing countries. The authors hope that this chapter may be of help to policy makers in identifying the constraints to economic growth and development that may be unique to each country.