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Biography of a Subject : An Evolution of Development Economics - Gerald M. Meier

Biography of a Subject

An Evolution of Development Economics

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780195170030
Number Of Pages: 264

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The study of economic development is one of the newest, most exciting, and most challenging branches of the broader discipline of economics and political economy. Although one could claim that Adam Smith was the first "development economist," the systematic study of the problems and processes of economic development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has emerged only over the past five decades. This biography of the subject of economic development will focus on the essential ideas in the evolution of development thought and policy over the subject's half-century of life. In concise form and avoiding undue technicality, it highlights the influence of development theory on policymaking and on the mixed record of successes and failures in promoting development efforts. The interpretation of theory, policy, and the lessons of experience are covered in three periods: early development economics of the 1950s-60s; orthodox reaction of the 1970s-80s; and the new development economics of the 1980s-90s. Gerald Meier-one of the world's most prominent leading thinkers in the economics of development - interprets the past treatment of development problems with the present and future in mind. He re-interprets the past two generations of development economists in a contemporary voice. And in a forward-looking fashion, the book's perspectives should make the next generation of development problems-and development economists-more intelligible. The reader is invited to consider whether development economists really know how to put matters right.

Thinking about developmentp. 3
The heritage of classical growth economicsp. 15
Early development institutionsp. 41
Early development economics 1 : analyticsp. 53
Early development economics 2 : historical perspectivesp. 68
Orthodox reactionp. 81
Modern growth theoryp. 95
The new development economicsp. 118
Culture, social capital, institutionsp. 129
The impact of globalizationp. 144
Global trade issuesp. 161
An unfinished biographyp. 180
The evolution of development thoughtp. 191
The contours of world developmentp. 201
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ISBN: 9780195170030
ISBN-10: 0195170032
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 16.31  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.37