Book Review: Shahid Javed Burki, and Robert Laporte, Jr., Pakistan’s development priorities – Choices for the future


This book intelligently reviews Pakistan’s economic performance in the three decades, 1950s through 1970s. The editors, Shahid Javed Burki and Robert Laporte, Jr., have set the major themes of the work in four parts, viz., Sectoral Priorities and Resources for Development, Human Resource Development, Delivery Systems and Future Choices. Several authors, well acquainted with Pakistan’s economy have contributed on important segments of Pakistan’s economy, e.g., potential for agricultural development, raising resources for development, accommodation and control of population growth and export of manpower from Pakistan. Finally, they have examined the pertinent issues related to the administration of development, institutional changes required in the structure of industries and agriculture and what policy options are available to the planners in Pakistan to harness the potential for development in the decade of 1980s?

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