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Epistemics of Development Economics: Toward a Methodological Critique and Unity (Contributions in Economics & Economic History)

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The effective use of development economic theories in practice is limited, the authors contend, by the lack of explicit criterion for judging their scientific content. The directional progress of critical research and teaching is also constrained by this deficiency. This study advances a meta-theory designed to assist in evaluating the scientific validity of theories in economic development and how these theories can be improved to assist social practice. Using this model, the study then examines existing theories, dividing them into explanatory and prescriptive theories. The explanatory theories include the stage-based theories of Marx, Schumpeter, and Rostow, and factor-based theories, including capital-based, human-capital-based, and technology-based theories. The prescriptive theories include explanatory-theory-based prescriptions, interventionist prescriptive theories, and theories of economic planning.

In conclusion, the authors contend that modern analysis of development economics is plagued with logical ills, misleading notions, and a weak theoretical structure that lacks scientific appeal. Most of the theories, except for those of Marx and Schumpeter, neglect an analysis of the mechanism of change.

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Dompere set out to revise Ejaz's doctoral dissertation (Howard U., 1987) but ended up producing an entirely new work using Ejaz's as a foundation. He constructs a metatheory of the theories used in both the analysis of and prescriptions for economic development. He begins by reviewing the problems and methods of evaluating scientific theories, including extensive discussions of Karl Marx and Joseph Schumpeter; then focuses on explanatory and factor-based theories of economic development, and the relationship between prescription theories and the development process. He finishes with conclusions and suggestions.
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Synopsis:

Examines the theories of development economics and their contribution to economic knowledge, concluding that modern analysis of development economics has a weak theoretical structure.

Synopsis:

The effective use of development economic theories in practice is limited, the authors contend, by the lack of explicit criterion for judging their scientific content. The directional progress of critical research and teaching is also constrained by this deficiency. This study advances a meta-theory designed to assist in evaluating the scientific validity of theories in economic development and how these theories can be improved to assist social practice. Using this model, the study then examines existing theories, dividing them into explanatory and prescriptive theories. The explanatory theories include the stage-based theories of Marx, Schumpeter, and Rostow, and factor-based theories, including capital-based, human-capital-based, and technology-based theories. The prescriptive theories include explanatory-theory-based prescriptions, interventionist prescriptive theories, and theories of economic planning. In conclusion, the authors contend that modern analysis of development economics is plagued with logical ills, misleading notions, and a weak theoretical structure that lacks scientific appeal. Most of the theories, except for those of Marx and Schumpeter, neglect an analysis of the mechanism of change.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-189) and indexes.

About the Author

MANZUR EJAZ is a health economist with the government of the District of Columbia and works with the World Bank on various development projects.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Survey of Literature

On Criterion for Evaluating Scientific Theories: Problems and Methods

Explanatory Theories in Economic Development

Factor-Based Theories

Prescriptive Theories and the Development Process

Conclusions and Suggestions

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313295133
With:
Ejaz, Manzur
Publisher:
Praeger
With:
Ejaz, Manzur
Author:
Dompere, K. K.
Author:
Ejaz, Manzur
Author:
Dompere, Kofi Kissi
Location:
Westport, Conn. :
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Development economics
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Economics - General
Series:
Contributions in Economics and Economic History
Series Volume:
4313no. 165
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
1.30 in.

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"Synopsis" by , Examines the theories of development economics and their contribution to economic knowledge, concluding that modern analysis of development economics has a weak theoretical structure.
"Synopsis" by , The effective use of development economic theories in practice is limited, the authors contend, by the lack of explicit criterion for judging their scientific content. The directional progress of critical research and teaching is also constrained by this deficiency. This study advances a meta-theory designed to assist in evaluating the scientific validity of theories in economic development and how these theories can be improved to assist social practice. Using this model, the study then examines existing theories, dividing them into explanatory and prescriptive theories. The explanatory theories include the stage-based theories of Marx, Schumpeter, and Rostow, and factor-based theories, including capital-based, human-capital-based, and technology-based theories. The prescriptive theories include explanatory-theory-based prescriptions, interventionist prescriptive theories, and theories of economic planning. In conclusion, the authors contend that modern analysis of development economics is plagued with logical ills, misleading notions, and a weak theoretical structure that lacks scientific appeal. Most of the theories, except for those of Marx and Schumpeter, neglect an analysis of the mechanism of change.
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