CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Since 1978, the World Bank's annual World Development Report (WDR) has
provided in-depth analysis and policy recommendations on a specific and
important aspect of international development from agriculture, the role of the
state, economic growth, and labor to infrastructure, health, the environment,
and poverty. In the process, it has become a highly influential publication
that is consulted by international organizations, national governments,
scholars, and civil society networks to inform their decision-making processes.
In this essay, Shahid Yusuf examines the last 30 years of development
economics, viewed through the WDRs. The essay begins with a brief background on
the circumstances of newly independent developing countries and summarizes some
of the main strands of the emerging field of development economics. It then
provides a sweeping examination of the coverage of the WDRs, reflecting on the
key development themes synthesized by these reports and assessing how the
research they present has contributed to policy making and development thought.
The book then looks ahead and points to some of the big challenges that the
World Bank may explore through future WDRs. The essay is followed by five
commentaries, each written by a distinguished economist or development
practitioner, which further explore this terrain from different perspectives.
Together, the contents of this volume provide an extraordinary and remarkably
compact tour of development economics through, around, and beyond the WDR. It
will be invaluable to anyone interested in the evolution of development
economics over the past three decades as well as for students, scholars, and
policy makers in the field of development.