Manpower for Development: Perspectives on Five Continents

Manpower for Development: Perspectives on Five Continents

Manpower for Development: Perspectives on Five Continents

Manpower for Development: Perspectives on Five Continents

Excerpt

This book has a wide reach and a relatively narrow focus. Its reach encompasses the manpower dimensions of development in twenty-seven countries on five continents. Its focus is on the ways in which the leaders in those several countries have shaped their manpower policies with the aim of realizing their development goals.

Within the past seven years I undertook a total of eleven trips abroad under foundation and government auspices. My principal sponsor was the U.S. Department of State. In the course of these visits, I was able to broaden and deepen my understanding of the problems diverse countries face in making more effective use of their human resources to speed their economic development. This book provides a summary of both the problems I encountered and the advice I proffered.

The book belongs to an older tradition in economics, now largely in eclipse. That is, it is based on the belief that empirical data and knowledge of institutions are the essential raw materials for economic theorizing and policy formulation. It does not give much credence to the current academic dogma that the construction of elegant growth models using mathematical symbols, one of which stands for manpower, is the best way to understand the development process.

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