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Asian Transformations: An Inquiry into the Development of Nations

Deepak Nayyar


Gunnar Myrdal published his magnum opus, Asian Drama: An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations, in 1968. He was deeply pessimistic about development prospects in Asia. The fifty years since then have witnessed a remarkable social and economic transformation in Asia – even if it has been uneven across countries and unequal between people – that would have been difficult to imagine, let alone predict at the time. This book analyses the fascinating story of economic development in Asia spanning half a century. The study is divided into three parts. The first part sets the stage by discussing the co ... More

Keywords: Gunnar Myrdal, Asia, transformation, economic development, industrialization, agricultural transformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198844938
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deepak Nayyar, editor
Emeritus Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

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Part I Setting the Stage

1 Rethinking Asian Drama

Deepak Nayyar

Part II Cross-Country Thematic Studies

5 The State and Development

Peter Evans and Patrick Heller

6 Economic Openness and Development

Richard Kozul-Wright and Daniel Poon

8 Industrialization and Development

Ha-Joon Chang and Kiryl Zach

10 Poverty and Inequality

Guanghua Wan and Chen Wang

11 Education and Health

Sudipto Mundle

Part III Country and Sub-Region Studies

Country Studies

15 China

Justin Lin Yifu

16 India

Kaushik Basu

17 Indonesia

C. Peter Timmer

18 Vietnam

Finn Tarp

Sub-Region Studies

19 East Asia

Robert H. Wade

20 Southeast Asia

Manuel F. Montes

21 South Asia

S.R. Osmani

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