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A Welfare Economic Approach to Growth and Distribution in the Dual Economy


  • Gary S. Fields


I. Introduction, 325.—II. Absolute and relative approaches for evaluating growth and distribution, 326.—III. A general welfare approach for assessing dualistic development, 328.—IV. Welfare economic analysis of dualistic development: the general case, 334.—V. Welfare economic analysis of dualistic development: special cases, 337.—VI. Extensions of the methodology, 346.—VII. Conclusions and implications, 348.—VIII. Empirical significance, 351.

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  • Gary S. Fields, 1979. "A Welfare Economic Approach to Growth and Distribution in the Dual Economy," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 93(3), pages 325-353.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:93:y:1979:i:3:p:325-353.

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