The Economic Impact on Under-Developed Societies: Essays on International Investment and Social Change

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ESSAY V
UNITED NATIONS PRIMER FOR DEVELOPMENT

I. INTRODUCTION

THIS essay considers the United Nations report on 'Measures for the Economic Development of Under-developed Countries'. We are informed in the preface, by the Secretary- General of the United Nations, that it should be regarded as a counterpart to the earlier report on national and international measures required to achieve full employment in economically more developed countries.1

This report was prepared by a group of experts2 appointed by the Secretary-General after the Economic and Social Council adopted a far-reaching series of recommendations resulting from a discussion of the earlier report. The terms of reference were, by resolution 290 (XI) of the Economic and Social Council, as follows:

'To prepare, in the light of the current world economic situation and of the requirements of economic development, a report on unemployment and under-employment in under- developed countries, and the national and international measures required to reduce such unemployment and under- employment.'

Notwithstanding the extraordinarily wide scope of these formal terms of reference, concerning which I shall have some observations to make at the end of this essay, it is worth

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'Measures for the Economic Development of Under-developed Countries', Report by a Group of Experts appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Published by the Department of Economic Affairs, United Nations, May 1951. (United Nations Publication Sales No. 1951.II.B2). The earlier report, 'National and International Measures for Full Employment', December 1949 (United Nations Sales No. 1949 II.A.3), was reviewed by Professor Jacob Viner in the August 1950, issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics in an article entitled: "'Full Employment At Whatever Cost.'"
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The group was composed of Alberto Baltra Cortez, Professor of Economics, National University of Chile; D. R. Gadgil, Director, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Poona, India; George Hakim, Counselor, Legation of Lebanon, Washington, D.C.; W. Arthur Lewis, Professor of Political Economy, University of Manchester, England; and Theodore W. Schultz, Chairman, Department of Economics, University of Chicago, U.S.A. At the request of the group, George Hakim served as Chairman.

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