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A Schumpeterian theory of underdevelopment – a contradiction in terms?

  • Reinert, Erik S.

The aim of this paper is to show that the dynamics of Schumpeterian economics, in addition to explain the creation of wealth, also implicitly contain the elements of a theory of relative poverty. It is argued that the German tradition of economics, of which Schumpeter is a part, has always encompassed the necessary elements of a theory of uneven growth. List, Marx, and Schumpeter have all emphasized different aspects of this uneven growth. This contrasts sharply with the Anglo-Saxon tradition which, particularly since the 1890’s, has produced theories of growth and trade which imply an even, converging distribution of world activity and income.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 48157.

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Date of creation: 1994
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:48157
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