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Volume 51 / Social Sciences


MAURICIO CARRIZOSA, Economist, The World Bank

ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE WORKS ANNOTATED below are quite representative of trends in Colombia's economic literature, some new interesting elements can been identified. Work on the economic history of the country has been quite active for some time, and the books noted in this volume confirm this important activity. The boom in Colombia's economic historiography, supported by careful and rigorous researchers, is now strengthened by a few more books, of which the collection of essays edited by José Antonio Ocampo (item bi 88002682), covering economic history from colonial days to the post-war period, deserves special attention. In addition, we should mention the new ground probed by Gómez, Londoño, and Perry on the history of the labor movement's attitude towards economic policy (item bi 88002696).

A second important theme, agriculture, is less well represented than one would expect. There is, however, an interesting collection of essays on coffee issues, with a particularly novel piece addressing the stability of the coffee agreement (item bi 88002701). An emerging interest in agrarian history is illustrated by Bejarano's book on the subject (item bi 88002685). Research in industrial economics is exceptionally well represented by the excellent book on the role of small and medium enterprises, written by Albert Berry, Mariluz Cortes, and Ashfaq Ishaq (item bi 88002684).

A somewhat surprising gap is the absence of new material on international trade issues. These have been the subject of much policy discussion during recent years, but without the benefit of published research. Given its importance for economic development, it is a subject that deserves more attention.

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