Promoting Economic Development: The United States and Southern Asia

Promoting Economic Development: The United States and Southern Asia

Promoting Economic Development: The United States and Southern Asia

Promoting Economic Development: The United States and Southern Asia

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The first two chapters in this little book were originally lectures delivered in substantially their present form in Claremont and Los Angeles, November, 1954. The third was written at the same time but has since been considerably revised. Because the lectures were intended for the general public an attempt has been made, at the expense no doubt of precision, to avoid technical language. It may as well be admitted also that the opportunity of addressing a non-professional audience was used by the author to discuss subjects of a breadth he would scarcely have dared to attempt before a group of professional colleagues.

The justification, if any, lies in the importance of the subject and in the apparent fact that although the author's knowledge of the subject is small there are not many Americans whose knowledge can be called authoritative. During the past year I have served the Government of Pakistan as a consultant to the National Planning Board which is engaged in the preparation of a development program. (Needless to say the views expressed here are my own and may or may not be shared by government officials in Pakistan.) Over a much longer period of time I have been interested in the problem of the economic growth of underdeveloped areas and have attempted to keep track of the mushrooming literature on this subject. The reader should be put on notice . . .

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