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Background information for planning for development:
economic/business cycles

-some readings on  economic/business cycles:

Marx's analysis of capitalism. Excerpt and condensation of Chapter 6 from "The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers", by Robert L. Heilbroner, 7th ed., 1999, available at

Boratav, Korkut, 2009, "A Comparison of Two Cycles in the World Economy: 1989-2007", available at

Fujita, S., 2003, "Creative Destruction and Aggregate Productivity Growth", Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia , 2003 available at

Phillips, K.I. and J. Wrase, 2003, "Is Schumpeterian "Creative Destruction" a Plausible Source of Endogenous Real Business Cycle Shocks?", Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 2003, available at

Rojas, R., 1997, "The History of Economic Thought [I]", section on Marx’s methodology, available at

Rojas, R., 1985, "The making of a fractured society: the case of Latin America . The socioeconomic system of production, distribution, exchange and consumption". Available at:

16 April 2008
This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crises
by Carmen M. Reinhart, University of Maryland and NBER, and Kenneth S. Rogoff, Harvard University and NBER


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From "World Development Indicators 2009", published by the World Bank Group:

Structure of Output: Gross domestic product -  Agriculture - Industry - Manufacturing - Services,  --available at

Agricultural Inputs: Agricultural land - Irrigated land - Land under cereal production - Fertilizer consumption - Agricultural employment - Agricultural machinery, 
--available at

Children at Work: Children in employment - Employment by economic activity - Status in employment,  --available at

Size of the economy: Population - Surface area - Population density - Gross national income - Gross national income per capita - PPP gross national income - Gross domestic product   --available at

The world by region: key indicators for each region,
--available at

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