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"From the Ted Talk by Yasheng Huang: Does democracy stifle economic growth?"

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Country 1, that has a lgneor system of raiwalys, is actually India. And cnuroty 2 is China. This is a very little known fact about the two countries. Yes, today China has a huge infrastructure advantage over India. But for many years, until the late 1990s, China had an infrastructure disadvantage vis-a-vis India. In developing counertis, the most common mode of transportation is the railways, and the British built a lot of railways in inida. India is the smaller of the two countries, and yet it had a longer system of railways until the late 1990s. So clearly, ifrcsatrtnruue doesn't explain why China did better before the late 1990s, as compared with India.

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Country 1, that has a ______ system of ________, is actually India. And _______ 2 is China. This is a very little known fact about the two countries. Yes, today China has a huge infrastructure advantage over India. But for many years, until the late 1990s, China had an infrastructure disadvantage vis-a-vis India. In developing _________, the most common mode of transportation is the railways, and the British built a lot of railways in _____. India is the smaller of the two countries, and yet it had a longer system of railways until the late 1990s. So clearly, ______________ doesn't explain why China did better before the late 1990s, as compared with India.

Solution

  1. india
  2. country
  3. longer
  4. infrastructure
  5. railways
  6. countries

Original Text

Country 1, that has a longer system of railways, is actually India. And Country 2 is China. This is a very little known fact about the two countries. Yes, today China has a huge infrastructure advantage over India. But for many years, until the late 1990s, China had an infrastructure disadvantage vis-a-vis India. In developing countries, the most common mode of transportation is the railways, and the British built a lot of railways in India. India is the smaller of the two countries, and yet it had a longer system of railways until the late 1990s. So clearly, infrastructure doesn't explain why China did better before the late 1990s, as compared with India.

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economic growth 26
political reforms 6
capita gdp 5
cultural revolution 5
political system 5
explain change 5
authoritarian governments 4
human capital 4
life expectancy 4
strong government 3
longer system 3
soviet union 3
east asian 3
east asia 3
indian women 3

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