Peter Boettke and Christopher J. Coyne of GMU have this nice paper on the topic. It also has some advice for current and wannabe econ advisers for government on development issues.
They review the history of dev econ in brief and show why there is no holy grail for development. The factors for development have varied from investment to innovation to human capital and now to instis. The authors show why all these ideas have failed broadly. I am skipping all this..
On instis, they say development eco does not include (read model) the role of informal, indigenous institutions. They point to the concept of metis:
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