West African Trade: A Study of Competition, Oligopoly and Monopoly in a Changing Economy

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CONTENTS
List of Tablesp.xi
List of Chartsp.xiv
Prefacep.xv
Preface to the 1963 reissuep.xvii
Introduction. Scope and method of the study.pp.1-4
1. Outline of the scope of the study , p.1. 2. Limitations on the scope of the study , p.1.
3. Diversity and contrast in West Africa , p.2.
Part 1 GENERAL ASPECTS OF THE WEST AFRICAN ECONOMIES AND OF THE ROLE OF TRADE
Chapter 1 Underlying Forces and Influencespp.7-21
1. Difficulties of adjustment to a money economy , p.7. 2. Imperfect specialization , p.11. 3. The low level of productive resources , p.13. 4. Lack of employment , p.18.
Chapter 2 The Multiplicity of Traders and the Productivity of Trade pp.22-34
1. Number and diversity of intermediaries in West Africa , p.22. 2. The task of bulking and of breaking bulk in produce buying and in the selling of merchandise, p.23. 3. The rationale of the multiplicity of traders, p.26. 4. Inadequacy of a familiar economic generalization , p.27. 5. Static and dynamic productivity of trade , p.28. 6. Trader-entrepreneurs in West Africa, p.30. 7. Sources of trading incomes , p.31. 8. Some implications of the productivity of trade, p.34.
Chapter 3 The Growth of Restrictive Tendenciespp.35-44
1. Restrictive tendencies in emerging economies , p.35. 2. Restrictive tendencies in specialized economies, p.35. 3. Net loss to society from restrictive tendencies , p.37. 4. Xenophobia and restrictionism, p.39. 5. Specially harmful effects in West Africa , p.41. 6. Similarities underlying apparent diversities,p.42.
Note to Chapter 3: Analysis of some influences strengthening restrictive tendencies in specialized economies, p.42.
Part 2 THE IMPORT TRADE
Chapter 4 Outline of the Composition of Imports and of their Method of Distributionpp.47-64
1. Growth and composition of the import trade , p.47. 2. Principal imports into West Africa in 1951, p.50. 3. Level of consumption of imported merchandise , p.51. 4. Categories of importers, p.52. 5. Absence of clear separation of stages in trading activities , p.33. 6. European participation in wholesale and semi-wholesale trading, p.56. 7. Extent of specialization in merchandise trade, p.57. 8. Trading margins , p.58. 9. Credit in merchandise trading , p.61. 10. Consumer preferences , p.62.

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