Trade and Development Report 1988

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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.



Services in the economies of the socialist countries of Eastern Europe

In order to understand the role assigned to the service sector in the socialist countries, it has to be placed in the context of a continuous debate on so-called productive (material) versus non-productive (non-material) activities. Traditionally, the majority of scholars in the socialist countries of Eastern Europe have distinguished between the following categories of economic activities: (a) productive - agriculture, industry and construction; (b) semi-productive - commerce, transportation and communication services provided to (a); and (c) nonproductive - public administration, education and science, health, military, professional services, arts, transportation and communications for consumers.


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