Dualismo e integrazione interna delle economie sottosviluppate.



The work re-examines the nature and causes of economic dualism in the underdeveloped countries and considers some of its implications for development policy. Dualism may be defined as the co-existence of a “modern” sector and a “traditional” sector within the domestic economic framework of a country. Existing theories attempt to explain the differences between the two sectors in terms of sociological and technological factors. In contrast, the author argues that the most significant aspect of economic dualism as it exists in the present-day underdeveloped countries is that scarce inputs such as capital funds, foreign exchange and public economic facilities are being made available on excessively favourable terms to the larger units in the modern sector, and on excessively unfavourable terms to the small economic units in the traditional sector. This interpretation emphasises the importance of domestic policies to promote integration by removing the causes of unequal access to scarce economic resources.

JEL: F31, E22, O20, O38

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Economic dualism, less developed, underdeveloped countries, policy, traditional sector, capital, foreign exchange

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