Trade and Development Report 1986

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This publication identifies the key issues in the global economy and the design of development strategies addressed in the Trade and Development Report over the past three decades, tracing them through its various editions. It shows how ideas, opinions and proposals expressed in the Trade and Development Report, and the analytical approaches used, differed from those of “the mainstream” and their evolution in response to new challenges. This review revisits the concept of interdependence and explains the approach of the reports to macroeconomic and financial policies in both developed and developing countries. It also summarizes development policy failures and successes over the years.



The world economy in 1985 and prospects for the near future

The preceding chapters have reviewed the main characteristics of the acute crisis facing most of the developing world; the evolution during the 1980s of problems and policies in the developed market-economy countries, which have played such an important role in shaping the external environment for development; and, more specifically, the way in which these problems and policies influenced commodity prices, the trading regime, financial flows and debt. The present chapter takes up these same issues, focusing on the most recent aspects of economic performance and the immediate outlook.


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