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Why are poor countries poor and rich countries rich? How are wealth and poverty related to changes in nutrition, health, life expectancy, education, population growth and politics? This modern, non-technical introduction to development economics takes a quantitative and comparative approach to contemporary debates, examining historical, institutional, demographic, sociological, political, cultural and ecological factors. Chapters contain comparative statistics from twenty-nine developing countries and assume no prior knowledge of economics.
1. Developing countries and the concept of development; 2. Development of the international economic order, 1450–2000; 3. Growth and stagnation: theories and experiences; 4. Technology and development; 5. Population and development; 6. Health, health care and development; 7. Education and development; 8. Economic development, structural transformation and primary exports; 9. Industrial development; 10. Agricultural development and rural development; 11. State formation and political aspects of development; 12. Cultural dimensions of development; 13. The international economic and political order since 1945; 14. Foreign aid and development.