Are "Consistent Time Series Data Relating to Pakistan's Large-Scale Manufacturing Industries" Inconsistent: A Comment

Ole David Koht Norbye

Abstract


In the Spring 1976 issue, The Pakistan Development Review
published an article by A. R. Kemal [2] on "Consistent Time Series Data
Relating to Pakistan's Large-Scale Manufacturing Industries" (hereafter
referred to as Kemal I). That article was followed by a second article
[3] in the Winter 1976 issue of the same journal, entitled "Sectoral
Growth Rates and Efficiency of Factor Use in Large-Scale Manufacturing
Sector in West Pakistan" (here¬after referred to as Kemal II). These two
articles had very significant impact because they purport to present
more realistic figures describing the development of Pakistan's
large-scale manufacturing sector during the period 1959-1960 to
1969-1970. This was a period in which that sector grew rapidly and was
subject to strong structural changes. Fresh data for the large-scale
manufacturing sector during that critical period could therefore lead to
a reinterpretation of Pakistan's economic history during the 1960's. The
purpose of the two Kemal articles appears to have been to provide such a
new statistical picture for large-scale manufacturing, and the study on
which they were based was financed by the Planning Commis¬sion,
Government of Pakistan.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v17i1pp.99-108

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