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Economics in Action
An Easy Guide for Development Practitioners



September 2013 | 372 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book is a compendium on economics specially designed for development practitioners and civil-society activists who do not have formal training in the subject. It provides an understanding of microeconomics, knowledge of the macroeconomic environment and insights from the specialized area called development economics. Through separate chapters, it covers poverty, inequality, social and gender discrimination, and environmental impact.

Economics in Action provides the necessary knowledge to participants of public debates who do not have a background in economics and would like to reinforce their arguments and analyses with sound economic theory. It also carries specific tips on using economics in development practice and interventions. The author, in general, tries to relate the ideas and relationships described in economics with the real-world problems that we may encounter as part of our lives.
Foreword Anurag Behar
Preface  
 
I: INTRODUCTION
Why Should Development Practitioners Study Economics?  
What Is Economics?  
 
II: ANALYTICAL BOX OF ECONOMICS
Rational Choice Analysis of Individuals and Firms  
Analysis of Markets  
Situations Where Market Is Inadequate  
Analysis of Strategies in Relationships  
A Brief Understanding of Macro-Economic Environment  
 
III: DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
Human Development  
Economics of Growth: Part I  
Economics of Growth: Part II  
Economics of Underdevelopment: Part I  
Economics of Underdevelopment: Part II  
 
IV: ISSUES OF DISTRIBUTION AND SUSTAINABILITY
The Poor and Poverty  
Inequality  
An Economic Understanding of Social and Gender Discrimination  
Economics of Environmental Impact  
 
V: BEYOND INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS
The Role of Government  
Government Failure and Non-Government Actions  
Institutions and Development  
Political Economy and Development  
 
VI: ENABLING DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE
Using Economics for Development Interventions  
Using Economics for Analysing and Designing Organizations and Rules  
Appendix  
Bibliography  
Index  

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