on 17 September 2000
Gives a good insight into the issues of trade and development. Both from traditional economic standpoints and more recent thoughts gained from economic research. Provides good statistical data and case studies on each chapter to help highlight the chapters concept. Includes chapters on economic institutions, theories on growth, poverty and income distribution, unemployment and trade theory plus much more. Loses one star only because on certain subjects does not go as in depth as one would like.
on 15 June 2009
As a third year studying Economics this book was incredibly helpful and offered brilliant insight into so many issues.
Tackles almost every topic of Development economics you can think of from Agriculture and Industry to theories of Growth and the debt crisis.
Even with so many areas being covered it definately doesn't avoid detail, but explains things in an easy to understand way. I think what probably sets itself apart from other books like Perkins is that it doesn't ignore important issues that are crucial to understanding the whole story. This is well supported by interesting case studies which break up the sometimes tiring theory.
on 6 September 2010
I used this book to prepare for delivering a training course on economic development. So rather than looking for a textbook to meet the requirements of a university degree course I was looking for a book written by somebody that understood and could present the key issues and arguments in the many and complex aspects of economic development. This book did exaclty that. The authors are clearly leading thinkers in the field and dealt with all of the key issues and put all sides of the arguments, including controversial areas like the role of the IMF and the World Bank in post war development policy. There may be insufficient detail and maths for the undergraduate, but for anybody that wants a comprehensive view of the topic and how it relates to some of the key issues in 21st century economic policy - this is the book to buy.