Frontiers of Development Economics: The Future in Perspective

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Gerald M. Meier, Joseph E. Stiglitz
World Bank Publications, 2001 - 575 pages
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Edited by Vice President of the World Bank and Gerald Meier, author of several very successful Oxford titles, Frontiers in Development, offers cutting edge thinking from a new generation of dynamic thinkers in development economics.

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Not an easy read, this volume has a boquet of articles by eminent economists (many of them Nobel laureates) on development theory and experience. While much of it is couched in obscure language and ... Read full review

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Page 367 - It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new...
Page 534 - It deserves to be remarked, perhaps, that it is in the progressive state, while the society is advancing to the further acquisition, rather than when it has acquired its full complement of riches, that the condition of the labouring poor, of the great body of the people, seems to be the happiest and the most comfortable. It is hard in the stationary, and miserable in the declining state. The progressive state is in reality the cheerful and the hearty state to all the different orders of the society....
Page 5 - It is hardly possible to overrate the value, in the present low state of human improvement, of placing human beings in contact with persons dissimilar to themselves, and with modes of thought and action unlike those with which they are familiar.
Page 184 - Families whose total earnings are insufficient to obtain the minimum necessaries for the maintenance of merely physical efficiency.
Page 508 - For a very small expense the public can facilitate, can encourage, and can even impose upon almost the whole body of the people, the necessity of acquiring those most essential parts of education.
Page 367 - For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness...
Page 353 - Institutions are not necessarily or even usually created to be socially efficient; rather they, or at least the formal rules, are created to serve the interests of those with the bargaining power to create new rules.
Page 226 - Pacific Europe and Central Asia Latin America and the Caribbean Middle East and North Africa...
Page 394 - This long appeared to me a great difficulty: but it arises in chief part from the deeply-seated error of considering the physical conditions of a country as the most important...
Page 27 - To summarize our general proposition: countries' effective potentials for rapid productivity growth by catch-up are not determined solely by the gaps in levels of technology, capital intensity, and efficient allocation that separate them from the productivity leaders. They are restricted also by their access to primary materials and more generally because their market scales, relative factor supplies, and income-constrained patterns of demand make their technical capabilities and their product structures...

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Gerald Meier is at Stanford University.

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