Analytical Development Economics: The Less Developed Economy Revisited

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MIT Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 366 pages
"The appearance of a revised version of Basu's splendid book is greatly to be welcomed, particularly by those who believe that the economics of underdevelopment should not imply the underdevelopment of economics. This volume provides excellent material for a theoretically oriented course in development economics at an advanced undergraduate or graduate level."
-- Christopher Scott, London School of Economics and Political Science

"An admirable combination of introductory helpfulness and state-of-the-art coverage. And fun to read!"
-- Amartya Sen, Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University Virtually all industrialized nations have annual per capita incomes greater than $15,000; meanwhile, over three billion people, more than half the worlds population, live in countries with per capita incomes of less than $700. Development economics studies the economies of such countries and the problems they face, including poverty, chronic underemployment, low wages, rampant inflation, and oppressive international debt. In the past two decades, the international debt crisis, the rise of endogenous growth theory, and the tremendous success of some Asian economies have generated renewed interest in development economics, and the field has grown and changed dramatically.

Although "Analytical Development Economics" deals with theoretical development economics, it is closely grounded in reality. The author draws on a wide range of evidence, including some gathered by himself in the village of Nawadih in the state of Bihar, India, where--in huts and fields, and in front of the village teastall--he talked with landlords, tenants, moneylenders, and landless laborers. The author presents theoretical results in such a way that those doing empirical work can go out and test the theories.

The book is a revision of Basu's "The Less Developed Economy: A Critique of Contemporary Theory" (Blackwell, 1984). The new edition, which has several new chapters and sections, incorporates recent theoretical advances in its comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the subject. It is intended primarily as a textbook for a one-semester graduate course, but will also be of interest to researchers in economic development and to policymakers.


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The Vicious Circle of Poverty
Growth and Development
Inflation and Structural Disequilibrium
International Debt
The Structure of a Dual Economy
Stagnation in Backward Agriculture
Tenancy and Efficiency
Rural Credit Markets
Inter linkage in Rural Markets
The Limits of Economic Analysis
Name Index
Subject Index

The RuralUrban Wage Gap
Unemployment and Surplus Labor

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Page 336 - The Theory and Practice of Developing Country Debt: An Informal Guide for the Perplexed", Journal of Development Planning, Naciones Unidas, núm.

About the author (2003)

Kaushik Basu is Professor of Economics and holds the Carl Marks Chair at Cornell University.

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