The Development Challenge: Theory,Practice,and Prospects

  • Thomas R. DeGregori
Part of the Recent Economic Thought Series book series (RETH, volume 16)


Ours is the time of the development revolution. Since World War II there has been a transformation of the lifeways of the inhabitants of the planet that is unprecedented in extent, in depth, and in rapidity. It is truly spectacular and can only be described in superlatives. The indicators for this global transformation are many. In the essays in this collection are references to the more strictly economic indicators such as growth in per capita income and world trade. By any previous standards, the rates of change are considerable, whether aggregated on a global basis or broken down between the developed and the developing countries. If broken down further into regional groupings, particularly for the period before 1980, except for Africa and a few subregions, aggregate economic change has been substantial and, generally, per capita improvement has been widespread.


Population Growth Monetarist Policy Technology Transfer International Monetary Fund Money Supply 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Boserup, Ester. The Conditions of Agricultural Growth: The Economics of Agrarian Change Under Population Pressure. Chicago: Aldine, 1965.Google Scholar
  2. Cohen, Mark Nathan. The Food Crisis in Prehistory: Overpopulation and the Origins of Agriculture. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1977. Google Scholar
  3. DeGregori, Thomas R “Resources Are Not: They Become — An Institutional Theory”. Journal of Economic Issues XXI (3): September 1987, pp. 1241–1263. Google Scholar
  4. Espenshade, Thomas J., and Stolnitz, George J. (eds.). Technological Prospects and Population Trends. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, AAAS Selected Symposium No. 103, 1987.Google Scholar
  5. National Research Council. Population Growth and Economic Development: Policy Questions. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1986.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas R. DeGregori

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations