Policy Matters: Economic and Social Policies to Sustain Equitable Development

Overview

In 2000 the UN pledged to halve world poverty by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but progress has been elusive, and consensus difficult to achieve. These papers reveal disparate problems faced by the UN in developing a coherent Development Agenda, from the complex effects of trade and finance liberalization to the damaging realities of development aid, itself a central pillar of the MDGs. The unifying theme is one of economic and social integration, and an emphasis on long-term strategic ...

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Overview

In 2000 the UN pledged to halve world poverty by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but progress has been elusive, and consensus difficult to achieve. These papers reveal disparate problems faced by the UN in developing a coherent Development Agenda, from the complex effects of trade and finance liberalization to the damaging realities of development aid, itself a central pillar of the MDGs. The unifying theme is one of economic and social integration, and an emphasis on long-term strategic investment in education, health and infrastructure. By challenging mainstream economic thought, this book is required reading for students, academics and activists wanting to engage in the debate, and help the MDGs reach a positive conclusion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842778364
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 10.81 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Jose Antonio Ocampo is Under-Secretary General for the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Jomo K.S. is Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development at the UN. Sarbuland Khan is the Director for the Division of ECOSOC Support and Coordination of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Markets, social cohesion and democracy — José Antonio Ocampo
• Dynamic links between the economy and human development — Frances Stewart and Gustav Ranis
• Policy reform and income distribution — G. Andrea Cornia
• Trade and employment: Stylized facts and research findings — Bernard Hoekman and L. Alan Winters
• Trade liberalization and employment — Eddy Lee
• International capital flows, financial stability and growth — Graciela Kaminsky
• The economic and social effects of financial liberalization: A primer for developing countries — Jayati Ghosh
• Development and social goals: Balancing aid and development to prevent 'welfare colonialism' — Erik Reinert
• Constraints to achieving the MDGs with scaled up aid — Francois Bourguignon and Mark Sundberg
• What is the most effective monetary policy for aid-receiving countries? — Alessandro Prati and Thierry Tressel
• Real exchange rate, monetary policy and employment — Roberto Frenkel and Lance Taylor
• Evaluating targeting efficiency of government programmes: International comparisons — Nanak Kakwani and Hyun H. Son
• Targeting and universalism in poverty reduction — Thandika Mkandawire

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