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Leading issues in economic development
Meier, Gerald M.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1977.

Physical Description:
xv, 862 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
First ed. published in 1964 under title: Leading issues in development economics.
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This well-established work, now in its seventh edition, offers a comprehensive survey of the current state of economic development. Meier (Stanford Univ.), who oversaw earlier editions starting in 1964, selected Rauch (Univ. of California, San Diego) to "upgrade and modernize" this and subsequent editions. The format remains the same, with chapters broken down into overviews, excerpts of major contributions on an issue, notes, comments, and exhibits. Most of the selections pertaining to notes are new. There has been some reorganization and consolidation of topics, with new chapters on income distribution and development and the environment. The analytical and quantitative dimensions of development economics are given more weight as reflected in the selection of articles employing greater use of statistical analysis and an appendix on how to read a regression table. Development economics is an ever-changing subject with considerable emphasis on policy making. This work reflects the present state of the discipline, incorporating an evaluation of past efforts with a concern for problems of the future. Although intended for classroom use, it will be a useful library resource for those interested in learning about development economics. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. J. E. Weaver; Drake University