The immense help of many has been invaluable in the production of this book. To these, I owe much gratitude. For her enduring patience, understanding, and immeasurable supportive work, first mention is due to my dear wife, Chichi Ezeala-Harrison. I also thank my very helpful children: Adanna, Kelechi, Ebere, Nnedi, and Emezie, non only for their understanding when this work kept us from spending time together, but also for close cooperation in diverse ways.
Dr. M. Kabir of the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, provided much appreciated encouragement, moral support, and warm friendship. Thanks are due to my other faculty colleagues at the Department of Economics, University of New Brunswick in Saint John: Dr. Rod Hill, Dr. Neil Ridler, Dr. Rob Moir, and to Department of Economics Secretary Mrs. Kari Bourque. The hard work of Wilfred Morris of the Research Services Department, University of New Brunswick in Saint John, is gratefully appreciated.
I extend many thanks to two anonymous reviewers, one of who painstakingly evaluated the various chapters, and also my research assistant for great proofreading skills. Finally, I thank the staff at Greenwood Publishing Group.