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Frontiers of development economics : the future in perspective / ed. Gerald M. Meier, Joseph E. Stiglitz

Secondary Author Meier, Gerald M.
Stiglitz, Joseph E.
Corporate Author (Secondary) World Bank Country Estados Unidos. Publication Washington : The World Bank, cop. 2001 Description X, 575 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-19-521592-3 CDU 330.34
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Co-edited by the Vice President of the World Bank, this volume offers cutting edge work from a new generation of dynamic thinkers in development economics.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. vii)
  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Introduction: Ideas for Development (p. 1)
  • The Old Generation of Development Economists and the New (p. 13)
  • Comment (p. 51)
  • Comment (p. 58)
  • On the Goals of Development (p. 61)
  • Comment (p. 87)
  • Comment (p. 94)
  • Fallacies in Development Theory and Their Implications for Policy (p. 103)
  • Comment (p. 135)
  • Comment (p. 147)
  • Revisiting the Challenge of Development (p. 149)
  • The Evolution of Thinking about Poverty: Exploring the Interactions (p. 183)
  • Development Issues: Settled and Open (p. 227)
  • Distributive Conflicts, Collective Action, and Institutional Economics (p. 269)
  • Comment (p. 291)
  • Comment (p. 296)
  • Historical Perspectives on Development (p. 301)
  • Comment (p. 335)
  • Comment (p. 340)
  • In Quest of the Political: The Political Economy of Development Policymaking (p. 345)
  • Comment (p. 381)
  • Comment (p. 384)
  • Modern Economic Theory and Development (p. 389)
  • Comment (p. 460)
  • Comment (p. 464)
  • Comment (p. 478)
  • Appendixes
  • Reflections by Nobel Prize Laureates (p. 487)
  • A Research Agenda (p. 489)
  • Needed: A Theory of Change (p. 491)
  • Sparks and Grit from the Anvil of Growth (p. 492)
  • What Is Development About? (p. 506)
  • Candidate Issues in Development Economics (p. 514)
  • Reflections by Pioneers (p. 515)
  • "Pioneers Revisited" (p. 517)
  • International Trade and the Domestic Institutional Framework (p. 520)
  • The Economics of a Stagnant Population (p. 529)
  • The View from the Trenches: Development Processes and Policies as Seen by a Working Professional (p. 541)
  • Contributors and Commentators (p. 563)
  • Index (p. 565)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This volume is the outgrowth of a 1999 symposium sponsored by the University of Zagreb and the World Bank and its contributors resemble a "who's who" list in development economics, including a number of Nobel laureates and first-generation pioneers in development economics. The book represents a careful synthesis of the two major contending mainstream development paradigms of the past half century: the paradigm expounded by the first generation of development economists (1950-75), which relied primarily on the public sector as the engine of development; and the paradigm espoused by the second generation (1975-present), which jettisoned the state role in favor of the "pure" market mechanism, and which is known as the neoliberal paradigm of development. Accordingly, most contributors emphasize the importance of the role of the state, of institutional or structural change, of social or human capital, and of interdisciplinary approaches to better develop markets. While this synthetic or "middle-ground" approach parallels the World Bank's new strategy of market promotion, a number of contributors (e.g., Basu, Kanbur, Squire, Yusuf, Stiglitz, and Hoff) go beyond the Bank's programmatic horizons in areas of income distribution, poverty alleviation, and human development. Recommended for informed general readers and upper-division undergraduate through professional audiences. I. Hossein-Zadeh Drake University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Gerald Meier is at Stanford University.

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