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Foreign Aid, War, and Economic Development : South Vietnam, 1955-1975 - Douglas C. Dacy

Foreign Aid, War, and Economic Development

South Vietnam, 1955-1975

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Published: 26th September 1986
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Foreign Aid, War, and Economic Development traces the economic history of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. During this period encompassing the Vietnam war, high-level officials paid relatively little attention to the economy of South Vietnam even though economic development was a necessary condition for the country's survival. A generous foreign aid program was designed to pay local troops and improve the standard of living of the population. Professor Dacy documents this growth in national income and the progress or lack thereof in a number of development indicators. He discusses the goals of United States economic aid and measures the net resources transferred. Additionally, the book analyzes wartime inflation and the Vietnamese tax system, and in so doing shows that the measures which would have promoted long-run viability were shunned in favor of short-run expediencies that practically doomed the country in the long run. Finally, economic development in South Vietnam is compared to that in Israel, South Korea, and Taiwan, three nations that faced high military threats during the same period. This book will be of interest to general and economic historians, government officials involved with foreign aid policy, and economists who specialize in economic development. Foreign Aid, War, and Economic Development could also be used as supplementary material for courses in economic development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
The rise and fall of the economy
US aid to Vietnam: goals and programming
The growth of national income
Indicators of economic development
Land reform and income distribution in Vietnam economic development
Domestic saving, foreign aid, and economic development
Wartime inflation
Windfall gains from importing
The international value of the piaster
Vietnam foreign assistance
Financing public expenditures
The fiscal dilemma
Foreign aid and economic development in an environment of high military threat
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521303279
ISBN-10: 0521303273
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 26th September 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.65