BINA AGARWAL is currently a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She has written on technological change in agriculture; the political economy of the fuelwood and environment crisis; poverty; and the position of women in India. Her books include Mechanisation in Indian Agriculture, and Cold Hearths and Barren Slope: The Woodfuel Crisis in the Third World. She is currently working on a book on gender and property rights in South Asia.
EHTISHAM AHMAD is Director of the Development Economics Research Programme at the London School of Economics, at time of completion on leave of absence at the World Bank as Senior Economist on the 1990 World Development Report Core Team. He has written in the areas of fiscal policy, poverty, and income distribution, and is co-author (with N. Stern) of The Theory and Practice of Tax Reform in Developing Countries.
A. B. ATKINSON is Thomas Tooke Professor of Economic Science and Statistics at the London School of Economics. He has written extensively on taxation and social security, including Lectures on Public Economics (with J. E. Stiglitz), Social Justice and Public Policy, and Poverty and Social Security.
ROBIN S. L. BURGESS, is on the research staff of the Development Economics Research Programme at the London School of Economics. During 1989–1990 he was at the World Bank as a consultant to the 1990 World Development Report. His main research interest is in development microeconomics, especially the role of public policy in the determination of the standard of living.
JEAN DRéZE, formerly Lecturer in Development Economics at the London School of Economics, is now an Associate of the LSE. He is co-author of Hunger and Public Action (with Amartya Sen), and co-editor of The Political Economy of Hunger (also with Amartya Sen). He has also written a number of papers on development issues, with special reference to India.
JOHN HILLS is Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Welfare State Programme at the London School of Economics. His main research interests are housing finance, the Welfare State, and taxation. Publications include Changing Tax: How the Tax System Works and How to Change It, and The State of Welfare: The Welfare State in Britain Since 1974 (editor).
ATHAR HUSSAIN is Director of the Development Economics Research Programme at the London School of Economics and Reader in Economics at the (p.xiv) University of Keele. His current research interests include the price and enterprise reforms, consumption patterns, and rural and urban social welfare in China. He is the co-author of Marx’s Capital and Capitalism Today, Marxism and the Agrarian Question, and Michel Foucault, and the co-editor and contributor to Paths of Capitalist Development in Agriculture, The Chinese Economic Reforms, and Transforming China’s Economy in the Eighties (vols. 1 and 2).
CARMELO MESA-LAGO is Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His major research interests are economics of social security and health care; economic development; and comparative economic systems. His extensive publications include Ascent to Bankruptcy: Social Security Financing in Latin America; The Crisis of Social Security and Health Care:· Latin American Experiences and Lessons; and Social Security in Latin America: Pressure Groups, Stratification and Inequality.
RICHARD MORGAN is Senior Programme Officer with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Namibia. His main research interests are household vulnerability and coping ability in southern Africa, and the responses of governments to drought and population displacement in southern Africa. Publications include Children on the Front Line (with R. Green and others), ‘Coping with Drought in Botswana: an African Success’ (with J. Holm in Journal of Modern African Studies, 1985), and ‘From Drought Relief to Post-Disaster Recovery, the case of Botswana’ (Disasters, 1986).
S. R. OSMANI is Research Fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki, Finland. His current research interests include: the economics of nutrition; the theory of rural labour markets; and a comparative study of growth and poverty in South Asia. Publications include Economic Inequality and Group Welfare, and (as co-author) Pricing and Subsidy Policies for Bangladesh Agriculture.
JEAN-PHILIPPE PLATTEAU is Professor of Economics at the Facultés Universitaires of Namur (Belgium). His main research interests are development economics and the history of economic thought and institutions. His books include Les économistes classiques et le sous-développement; Technology, Credit and Indebtedness in Marine Fishing (co-author); and Land Reform and Structural Adjustment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Controversies and Guidelines.
AMARTY A SEN is Lamont University Professor at Harvard University. His books include Choice of Techniques; On Economic Inequality; Poverty and Famines; Choice, Welfare and Measurement; and On Ethics and Economics.
NICHOLAS STERN is Sir John Hicks Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Suntory Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines at the London School of Economics. His main research interests (p.xv) are development economics and public finance. Related publications include The Theory of Taxation for Developing Countries (with D. M. G. Newbery), Palanpur: The Economy of an Indian Village (with C. J. Bliss) and The Economics of Development: A Survey’ (Economic Journal, September 1989).
JOACHIM VON BRAUN is Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Policy Program at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC. His current research interest is in famine prevention, public works, technical change and poverty alleviation, with studies located in Ethiopia, The Gambia, Sudan, and Rwanda. Publications include The Effects of the Egyptian Food Ration and Subsidy System on Income Distribution and Consumption (with H. Alderman); An Analysis of Policies for Food Security in Developing Countries: The Case of Egypt (in German); and Irrigation Technology and Commercialization of Rice in the Gambia: Effects on Income and Nutrition.