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Surveys and Perspectives in Development Economics

Surveys and Perspectives in Development Economics Ashwini Deshpande This two volume set contains 71 original essays divided into nine broad topics. Most of these essays are survey articles on specific topics (for example, structuralism or institutions, property rights and development) that outline and elaborate on the important concepts in the area, in addition to providing a brief review of the significant literature on the subject. Thus, these volumes are not readers, in that they do not necessarily contain the seminal articles in different fields (for example, original articles by Arthur Lewis or Ragnar Nurkse). While a collection of original seminal pieces would undoubtedly be valuable, this collection serves a different and very useful purpose by providing a compilation of the major concepts in contemporary development economics. The essays are concise, yet comprehensive, and each essay contains a fairly substantial set of references, which an interested researcher or student could follow up. Breaking Disciplinary BoundariesThe wide range of topics (from ethnicity and economic development, to fiscal policy to open economy issues to gender, in addition to all the conventional topics under traditional development economics) is a testimony to the extent of broadening and deepening of the subject matter of development economics. The range of topics also reflects the fact that over time there has been a dilution of the traditional disciplinary boundaries, a tendency that should be welcomed and strengthened by future researchers. In addition to representing multidisciplinary interactions, this collection encompasses several different perspectives within development economics, so the reader can learn, for example, both about neoclassical approaches (Salim Rashid) and dependency theories (Jose Gabriel Palma) in the same volume. This makes the collection unique and all the more valuable. In terms of exposition, again, the essays span a range: some more technical than the others. While these volumes contain several essays that could be read without a formal training in economics, their utility would be maximum for those formally trained in economic theory and methodology. The mix of technical and not-so- technical essays is yet another strength of the collection, because it makes the collection sufficiently rigorous. Additionally, the formal or technical sections are not obscure; for those with the requisite training, these can be grasped without much difficulty.



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