The Development Frontier, by Peter Bauer
To anyone already familiar with Peter Bauer’s influential books and essays (including in COMMENTARY), there will not be much that is startlingly new in this volume. We have here Bauer’s attacks on the literature of economic development, his assaults on the Malthusians who see population growth as an unmitigated disaster for less-developed countries (LDC’s), and his derisive attitude toward the efficacy of so-called “foreign aid.”
But that is not to say this work by the distinguished British economist can safely be passed over. It cannot, if only because some of its most important propositions, though perhaps not so controversial as they once were, nevertheless have yet to sink into the consciousness of policy-makers. Bauer’s brain-clearing strictures on foreign-aid programs are a major case in point.
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