Economics of Development

Economics of Development : Theory and Evidence

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The 9th edition of Thirlwall's 'Economics of Development: Theory and Evidence' (formerly Growth and Development) represents the most thorough revision of this classic textbook to date. For nearly forty years, it has offered students a clear, comprehensive and rigorous overview of the economic aspects of growth and development.
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  • Paperback | 712 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 28mm | 1,352g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 9th Revised edition
  • biography
  • 0230222293
  • 9780230222298
  • 237,619

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Tony Thirlwall's bestselling 'Economics of Development' (formerly 'Growth and Development') provides a clear, comprehensive and analytically rigorous introduction to development for students of economics. For the Ninth Edition, the contents have been revised comprehensively and reorganized to reflect the evolving field. Highlights of the revision include substantial new material covering:
? institutions and development - a new chapter
? failed states
? the Stern Review and the impact of climate change on the poor
? financial development and economic development
? the macroeconomic impact of aid, and aid's critics
? growth accelerations, growth diagnostics and binding constraints on
? the theory and practice of trade liberalization
? recent research into global and international income distribution
? the technological divide
? how markets function in the rural agricultural sector
? brief biographical sketches of some famous growth and development economists Visit Tony Thirlwall's website at Instructors: Please see for information on accessing the Ninth Edition's ancillaries.
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Table of contents

PART I DEVELOPMENT AND UNDERDEVELOPMENT.- 1. The Study of Economic Development.- 2. The Development Gap in the World Economy and the Measurement of Poverty.- 3. The Characteristics of Underdevelopment, and Structural Change.- 4. Theories of Economic Growth: Old and New .- PART II FACTORS IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.- 5. The Role of Agriculture and Surplus Labour for Industrialisation .- 6. Capital Accumulation, Technical Progress and Techniques of Production .- 7. Human Capital: Education, The Role of Women, Nutrition and Health .- 8. The Role of Institutions in the Development Process .- 9. The Role of the State in Economic Development .- PART III THE PERPETUATION OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT.- 10. Dualism, Centre-Periphery Models and the Process of Cumulative Causation .- 11. Population and Development .- 12. Development and the Environment .- PART IV FINANCING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.- 13. Financing Development from Domestic Resources.- 14. Foreign Assistance, Aid, Debt and Development.- PART V INTERNATIONAL TRADE, THE BALANCE OF PAYMENTS AND DEVELOPMENT.- 15. Trade Theory, Trade Policy and Economic Development.- 16. The Balance of Payments, International Monetary Assistance and Development.
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'Thirlwall sets the standard for a rigorous undergraduate development text.' Professor Gregg Huff, Senior Research Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Oxford 'Congratulations on producing such a wonderful book for generations of students who are interested in economic development.' Ligang Song, Associate Professor and Director: China Economy Program Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University 'Tony Thirlwall's latest edition is to be welcomed by anybody who teaches undergraduate development economics. With a new and more accurate title, Economics of Development provides thorough coverage of the major issues and theories in an easy to read style. The core equations for important models are clearly explained and illustrated with diagrams and recent data. Chapter 5 on 'Theories of Economic Growth' exemplifies the style: a history and exposition of theories from Adam Smith to the most recent growth diagnostics. A new chapter is added on the role of institutions and democracy. This will be a valuable textbook for lecturers and students.' Professor Oliver Morrissey, School of Economics, University of Nottingham 'For students and teachers who want an authoritative, comprehensive, balanced and analytically-rigorous guide to the subject of development economics, there is no need to look any further. Thirlwall's book, which I read as an undergraduate in the 1970s, has matured gracefully over the years but also maintains the freshness of youth, covering not only the classic themes of development economics, such as surplus labor, center-periphery analysis, and structural change, but also currently-fashionable ideas about institutions and development, new growth theory, and debates on globalization. While it tackles the analytical and technical aspects of the subject very well, it never loses sight of the big picture and the real meaning of economic development.' Amitava Dutt, Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of Notre Dame 'Thirlwall's textbook is a classic. It successfully distils complex concepts for the non-specialist reader, but more importantly, it inspires that same reader to become a development economist herself.' Karna Basu, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Hunter College, City University of New York
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About A. P. Thirlwall

A.P. THIRLWALL Professor of Applied Economics, University of Kent, UK. He has lectured widely in developing countries and has been a consultant to several international agencies including the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Pacific Islands Development Program in Hawaii. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Development Studies and African Development Review. He has written a number of specialized economics texts and is Series Editor of Palgrave's Great Thinkers in Economics collection. Visit Tony Thirlwall's web page:
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