Author: Shahrukh Rafi Khan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 019577826X
Fifty years of Pakistan's economic experience represents the case history of a country as a laboratory where currently fashionable economic ideas are being tried out. This is one of the main themes of this book.
A related theme is the transition, also a response to imported ideas, from the more traditional macro and sectoral concerns to a new set of concerns. These ideas include a concern for human development in a broad sense and more specifically, with poverty, women and development, and a concern for the environmental impact of economic development.
In section 2 of this introductory chapter, the notion of economic experimentation will be demonstrated by associating economic growth rates to periods in which different economic philosophies were applied. In section 3 to 5, the same theme will be demonstrated b reviewing the findings of the book's authors. Also identified is what the authors indicate to be the main economic problems faced by the country, in the past and currently. Section 3 focuses on the macro debate, section 4 on traditional sectoral issues, and section 5 on 'contemporary concerns'.
All chapters are very rich in findings and the interpretive summary of findings in section 3 to 5 is expected to whet the appetite for the main course., which runs into 12 chapters with contributions from well-known thinkers and writers.
SHAHRUKH RAFI KHAN, a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, currently works as Executive Director at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Islamabad. Prior to holding this position, he taught economics at Vassar College. He has done academic consulting for a number of international organizations. In addition to publishing numerous articles in refereed journals, he has written, edited or co-edited several books and monograph including Profit and Loss Sharing. Some of his forthcoming books include Do World Bank and IMF policies work? and Reforming Pakistan's Political Economy.