Employment in Developing Nations. By Edgar O. Edwards (ed.). New York and" London: Columbia University Press, 1974. x+418 pp.(Report on Ford Foundation Study)

Mohammad Irfan


In recognition of the gravity of the unemployment situation in
the-Third World the Ford Foundation sponsored three international
seminars to-identify the major issues of the problem. The focus of these
seminars was on inter-relationship between employment and development
strategy, technological change, rural development and political
constraints on choice. Some of the papers presented in these seminars
are collected in the book under review. Edgar O. Edwards did a
commendable job of writing a summary of the papers, which he has
presented in the first paper of the book. The competing demands of
brevity and full coverage restricted the summary to an identification of
principal issues and major recommendations for policy makers and donor
agencies. The first paper is followed by Part I of the book consisting
of three subject papers on: (1) Economic Development and Labour Use, (2)
Technology and Employment in LDCs and (3) Economics, Institutions and
Employment Generation in Rural Areas. A selection of seven papers on
Generic Issues is presented in Part II of the book. Part III consists of
five papers on some sectoral considerations. The last four papers,
constituting Part IV of the book, describe the experiences of different
countries in employment promotion and economic development.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v14i4pp.493-496


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