By W. Arthur Lewis

ISBN-10: 0203009290

ISBN-13: 9780203009291

ISBN-10: 041531299X

ISBN-13: 9780415312998

Constructing international locations' economists and civil servants will locate no different instruction manual on their task so readable and succinct"The Economist "probably the main worthwhile publication which has ever been written to teach how a plan is made and what the coverage specifications are for its implementation"International Affairs Many books were released at the thought of financial improvement, yet little or no has seemed on how a improvement Plan is made, what the executive snags are and what distinguishes solid making plans from undesirable. The emphasis during the booklet is on coverage, even though the elemental suggestions for creating a Plan are illustrated. a lot info is tabulated for ease of examining.

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It further appears that the land is idle, and has no other use. The project is therefore justified. If the lands were planted in crops yielding as much as could be derived from the five-dollar royalty, converting them to mineral extraction would not be justified. (b) A certain factory, burning its own wastes, is driving out of business another factory burning fuel oil, which is taxed. The tax must be deducted from costs in order to compare efficiencies in the use of resources. (c) It is proposed to import machinery to take over an operation now done by hand.

It does not follow that they will have only the less capital-intensive industries. g. mines) rather than poorer but less capital-intensive resources. Comparative advantage is also based on relative differences in skills; a poor country may be nearly as efficient as a rich one in some highly capitalized processes, but much less efficient in processes relying more on skill than on capital, and may then profitably specialize in the capitalized processes where it is least relatively inefficient, despite the higher relative cost of capital.

Primary commodities can be sold in unlimited amounts on the world’s produce exchanges, but manufactures have to be sold through a network of distributive channels, which take time and skill to construct. Considering how large world trade in manufactures already is, failure to capture an adequate share despite competitive prices must be explained in terms of poor salesmanship rather than in terms of the height of tariffs. Customs unions and other regional arrangements are a means by which countries help each other to industrialize, by offering protection in each others’ markets, and are of special value to industries in which the market of any one country, by itself, is not large enough for production on an economic scale.

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