Response to the Challenge: the Role of the State

  • Alasdair I. MacBean
  • V. N. Balasubramanyam
Part of the Trade Policy Research Centre book series (TPRC)


Chapter 2 has sketched the dimensions of the development problem. Most developing countries face the same unholy trinity — rapid population growth, unemployment and inequalities of income and economic opportunity. The very coexistence of the rich and the poor nations has in some ways aggravated the development problem. Western capital-intensive technology has not always been conducive to employment creation. Although modern medicine has lowered death rates, the absence of parallel developments in controling birth rates has aggravated the population problem. International demonstration effects have been more powerful in the sphere of consumption rather than production. This has in some ways aggravated the income distribution problem.


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© Alasdair I. MacBean, V. N. Balasubramanyam and the Trade Policy Research Centre 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alasdair I. MacBean
    • 1
  • V. N. Balasubramanyam
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LancasterUK

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