BOOK REVIEW: The Development Set
Economic Journal Watch, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 306-318, 2004
13 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2010
Date Written: 2004
Book reviewers know that it is a challenge to review a collection of 12 separately-authored essays. Here, we have been asked to read and comment briefly on the character of the 62 dense, technical articles in the six 2002 issues of the Journal of Development Economics (vols. 67, 68, and 69). Started in 1974, the journal is published by Elsevier and is conventionally regarded as one of the top field journals in development economics.
There is no way to discuss more than a few in any detail. We have read the entire set, but we have not attempted to really master the material. We approached the material with critical priors that, to our mind, were essentially confirmed, but we try not to let our treatment become cavalier or dismissive. Unfortunately, it is perhaps inevitable that a brief and unfavorable gloss on the character of a set of 62 articles will come off as cavalier.
JEL Classification: B53, D02
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