The Pioneers of Development Economics - Great Economists on Development

The Pioneers of Development Economics - Great Economists on Development

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Author: Jomo K S
Editor(s): Jomo K S
Publisher: Tulika
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 234
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-85229-99-6


The history of modern economic thought associated with the emergence of industrial capitalism over two centuries ago was preoccupied with the question of economic transformation or development. This volume surveys important contributions to the economics of development by various economists, including many not normally considered as pioneers of development economics.

The two chapters following the introduction point to the role of imperialist considerations in the early economic thought influencing the development discourse. High Goodacre underscores the role of such considerations in William Petty's early colonial development policies, while Utsa Patnaik exposes the fundamental fallacy in
Ricardo's enduringly influential theory of comparative advantage in international trade. Next, Mehdi Shafaeddin examines Friedrich Lists's mid-nineteenth-century 'infant industry' argument, built on the pioneering work of the American 'founding father', Alexander Hamilton. Prabhat Patnaik then highlights Karol Marx's major contributions to development economics. Utsa Patnaik assesses Vladimir Illyich Lenin's careful treatment of the agrarian question in Russia, contrasting it with the neoclassical economic revival of Chayanov's populist analysis of peasantries. Recent Prendergast assesses Alfred Marshall's contributions to thinking on economic development, suggesting much grater nuance than normally attributed to the father of marginal economic analysis. Jayati Ghosh highlights the enduring significance of Michal Kalecki's political economic approach to the study of post-colonial approach to the study of post-colonial economies. John Toye underscores the significance of development economics of several less well-known analytical contributions by John Maynard Keynes. Amiya Bagchi then suggests how Nicholas Kaldor advanced Keynesian insights to enhance understanding of economic development. Kari Polanyi Levitt highlights the developmental implications of Karl Polanyi's diverse contributions, as well as those of development economics pioneers Raul Prebisch and Arthur Lewis. C OP Chandrasekhar highlights Alexander Gerschenkron's novel insights for accelerating economic development from his study of economic history. Finally, Kunibert Raffer surveys Hans Singer's consistent advocacy of justice in economic development.