From Subsistence to Exchange and Other Essays

From Subsistence to Exchange and Other Essays

by Peter Tamas Bauer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691117829

ISBN-13: 9780691117829

Pub. Date: 04/05/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Peter Bauer, a pioneer of development economics, is an incisive thinker whose work continues to influence fields from political science to history to anthropology. As Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen writes in the introduction to this book, "the originality, force, and extensive bearing of his writings have been quite astonishing." This collection of Bauer's essays

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Peter Bauer, a pioneer of development economics, is an incisive thinker whose work continues to influence fields from political science to history to anthropology. As Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen writes in the introduction to this book, "the originality, force, and extensive bearing of his writings have been quite astonishing." This collection of Bauer's essays reveals the full power and range of his thought as well as the central concern that underlies so much of his diverse work: the impact of people's conduct, their cultural institutions, and the policies of their governments on economic progress.

The papers here cover pressing and controversial issues, including the process that transforms a subsistence economy into an exchange economy, the reputed correlation between poverty and population density, the alleged responsibility of the West for Third World poverty, the often counterproductive results of foreign aid, and the effects of egalitarian policies on individual freedoms. Bauer addresses these and other matters with clarity, verve, and wit, combining his deep understanding of economic theory and methodology with keen insights into human nature. The book is a penetrating account of how to develop a prosperous economy alongside a free and fair society and a stimulating introduction to the work of a man who has done so much to shape our modern understanding of developing economies and of the relationship of economics to the other social sciences.

"This selection of essays will give readers a wonderful opportunity to learn about the rich world of cognizance and analysis erected by one of the great architects of political economy. I feel privileged to be able to offer this letter of invitation."—From the introduction by Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in economics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691117829
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/05/2004
Series:
New Forum Books Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, by Amartya Sen ix
I. From Subsistence to Exchange 3
II. Disregard of Reality 15
III. The Land and the People 28
IV. Population Explosion: Disaster or Blessing 30
V. Foreign Aid: Abiding Issues 41
VI. Western Guilt and Third World Poverty 53
VII. The Liberal Death Wish 73
VIII. Ecclesiastical Economics: Envy Legitimized 94
IX. Hong Kong 109
X. Effective Influence on Opinion: The Shenoy Memorial Lecture 116
XI. Class on the Brain 125
XII. Egalitarianism: A Delicate Dilemma 139
Index 149

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