Emerging From Poverty: The Economics That Really Matters

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Emerging From Poverty: The Economics That Really Matters

By Gerald M. Meier
Oxford, 1984
256 pp. $29.95

This is as fine a survey of the basic issues of development economics as we have had. It traces the changing ideas of the nature of the problem and of suitable policies, brings persistent difficulties into sharp focus, and relates contemporary experience to older ideas about economic growth. Among the causes for the persistence of poverty, says Professor Meier of Stanford, "is the underdevelopment of economics itself." To remedy this, he has suggestions about research, a better synthesis of ideas into theories, more "political" awareness in the shaping of economic policies, and a linking of economic goals with other values.

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