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Hunger and Public Action (Wider Studies in Development Economics) Paperback – March 14, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0198283652 ISBN-10: 0198283652

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Product Details

  • Series: Wider Studies in Development Economics
  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 14, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198283652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198283652
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A careful, scholarly approach to a complex, often emotion-laden topic."--Dr. Patricia Giblin Wolman, Winthrop University

"[A]n outstanding scholarly work on a subject of vital importance....a comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the twin problems of endemic hunger and famine. It pays particular attention to the position of women, discussing female disadvantage and gender bias--both intra- and extra-household....It emphasizes the role of institutions other than the state in the prevention of hunger and famine....The study is remarkably rich in both scope and detail: it is a formidable contribution to the literature which deserves wide and careful reading."--Journal of Economic Literature

"Major and important....It is an impressive synthesis and analysis of an immense number of background studies...and of an almost incredible number of commentators who presumably offered their observations, counsel, and suggestions."--Journal of Developing Areas

"The signal importance of the the brilliant synthesis of worldwide experience by two well-known economists who are committed to eradicating hunger."--Choice

"Their clarity, depth, and common sense are nothing short of path-breaking....The comparative miracles by showing that famine and hunger are easily prevented....This is a very satisfying book."--Contemporary Sociology

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Jean Dreze is at London School of Economics. Amartya Sen is at Harvard University.

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Amaryta and Jean has been honest in describing the India development, especially in the area of the basic human need for million of poor Indian, development is not just GDP and GDP/capital, but basic human needs such as education, healthcare for the poor are also critical. In the area of comparison, first time I realized the mortality rate (under 5) of India is so shocking, every 8 years (take 1986), the total number of children die under 5 years old is more than the total death in China's Great Leap Forward (P214-215), more than 30million. China's GLP happen once but for India, since independence, the total number of children die under 5 is not a number anyone want to calculate.
In the recent year, author is preaching for human basic need for his fellow countryman such as universal elementary education, better healthcare..., I respect him.
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By Babs on October 2, 2013
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Bought this book for grad school, and although it is written in the late 80's, the content and evaluations of food security and development are still worthwhile and applicable today. Definitely worth a read.
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