Journal Article

Development Economics and Method: A Quarter Century of ABCDE

Kaushik Basu and Andrew Foster

in The World Bank Economic Review

Volume 29, issue suppl_1, pages S2-S8
Published in print June 2015 | ISSN: 0258-6770
Published online April 2015 | e-ISSN: 1564-698X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wber/lhv006
Development Economics and Method: A Quarter Century of ABCDE

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This, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) and also of the Washington Consensus, is a good time to take stock of development economics. What have we learned? What do we need to unlearn? What is the right methodology for development economics so that future knowledge is on firmer footing? These are important questions and this year’s ABCDE and this introduction is a stocktaking of where we stand on these questions. Development economics has come a long way from Adam Smith’s towering achievement in putting the discipline on a firm theoretical footing to some great strides in empirical methods in recent times. What we need to focus on now is the blending of analytics, statistics and intuition; and of using theory to integrate disparate empirical research.

Keywords: O1; B4; A11

Journal Article.  2882 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development ; Economic Methodology ; General Economics

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