Leading Issues in Economic Development

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CHAPTER I
Introduction

Overview

I.A. MEASURING DEVELOPMENT

EXHIBIT I.A.1. THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX

EXHIBIT I.A.2. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX RANKINGS COMPARED TO
U.S. DOLLAR PER CAPITA GDP RANKINGS

Note I.A.1. The Evolution of Measures of Development

EXHIBIT I.A.3. EXCHANGE-RATE-DEVIATION INDEX IN RELATION TO
REAL GDP PER CAPITA

SELECTION I.A.1. WHY ARE SERVICES CHEAPER IN THE POOR
COUNTRIES?

Comment I.A.1. The Productivity and Factor Proportions Explanations
Again

EXHIBIT I.A.4. BASIC DATA

SELECTION I.A.2. INCOME POVERTY

Comment I.A.2. Capabilities and Entitlements

Note I.A.2. Other Important Differences Between Developed and Less
Developed Countries

I.B. ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE OF LESS DEVELOPED COUNTRIES:
THE RECENT PAST

SELECTION I.B.1. THE LOST DECADES: DEVELOPING COUNTRIES'
STAGNATION IN SPITE OF POLICY REFORM 1980–1998

Note I.B.1. No Easy Answers, Yet All Is Not Lost

EXHIBIT I.B.1. LIFE EXPECTANCY AND EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
VERSUS PER CAPITA GDP: RECENT PERFORMANCE OF LESS
DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

EXHIBIT I.B.2. COUNTRY AVERAGE VERSUS POPULATION-WEIGHTED PER
CAPITA GDP GROWTH RATES: RECENT PERFORMANCE OF LESS
DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

EXHIBIT I.B.3. CATCHING UP TO THE CORE

SELECTION I.B.2. HOW REFORM WORKED IN CHINA

SELECTION I.B.3. INDIA SINCE INDEPENDENCE

SELECTION I.B.4. THE IMPACT OF THE ECONOMIC REFORMS IN LATIN
AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

SELECTION I.B.5. WHY HAS AFRICA GROWN SLOWLY?

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Exhibits xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Using This Book xvii
  • Chapter I - Introduction 1
  • Chapter II - Historical Perspective 81
  • Chapter III - International Trade and Technology Transfer 133
  • Chapter IV - Human Resources 183
  • Chapter V - Investment and Finance 293
  • Chapter VI - Urbanization and the Informal Sector 331
  • Chapter VII - Agriculture 381
  • Chapter VIII - Income Distribution 433
  • Chapter IX - Political Economy 489
  • Chapter X - Development and the Environment 581
  • Appendix - How to Read a Regression Table 633
  • Index of Selection Authors 639
  • Index 641
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