At the end of the 1970s, Tunisia was hailed among developing countries as the perfect example of the economic miracle. A decade later, Tunisia has become the perfect example of the economic tragedy.
The rapid development and industrialization of the seventies and eighties were so great as to double per capita income and prompted the World Bank to promote Tunisia to the "middle income" league. "Tunisia" identifies the reasons for this spectacular growth and explains the economic decline which followed. The central aim of this book is to analyze this transformation, its social implications, and the consequent problems facing the Tunisian people with specific regard to labor-market adjustments and equity and welfare issues. Drawing on a vast body of research, these eminent ILO economists are authors well qualified to examine these complex issues. Concise but comprehensive, the book is the first to address this subject, and should be of interest to anyone concerned with the economic future of Tunisia and North Africa, as well as students of development.
. . . the book provides a useful appraisal of the data on poverty in Tunisia, followed by a critical examination of conventional wisdom on trends in Tunisia's food balances . . . this book is informative and thought-provoking.