Foreign Trade: Foreign Trade in a Developing Economy

  • Austin Robinson
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)


While there has been during recent years an enormous volume of writing on the problems of economic growth, of ‘take-off’ and of the methods by which assistance can be brought to countries that are attempting to speed up their rate of development, much less has been written on the subject of the relation of international trade to this process, and what has been written has not been at all completely integrated into the theories of economic growth. Very much of what has been written in the latter field seems implicitly to assume, indeed, that the economic system considered is a closed one. I make no excuse, therefore, for approaching the problem of foreign trade in relation to development in rather general terms.1


International Trade Foreign Trade National Income Capital Good Heavy Industry 
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  1. 1.
    D. M. Bensusan-Butt’s article ‘A Model of Trade and Accumulation’ in the American Economic Review, September 1954Google Scholar
  2. H. Myint’s article ‘The Classical Theory of International Trade and the Underdeveloped Countries’ in the Economic Journal, June 1958Google Scholar
  3. and especially to K. E. Berrill, ‘International Trade and the Rate of Economic Growth’, Economic History Review, April 1960.Google Scholar
  4. 2.
    W. W. Lockwood, The Economic Development of Japan: Growth and Structural Change 1868–1938 (Princeton, 1954), p. 309, quoted by Ragnar Nurkse, op. cit.Google Scholar
  5. W. A. Lewis, ‘World Production, Prices and Trade, 1870–1960’, The Manchester School, 1952.Google Scholar

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© International Economic Association 1964

Authors and Affiliations

  • Austin Robinson
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  1. 1.Cambridge UniversityUK

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