The World Economy through the Lens of the United Nations

ISBN : 9780198817345

Jose Antonio Ocampo
288 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Initiative for Policy Dialogue

This edited volume documents the intellectual influence of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) through its flagship publication, the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) on its 70th Anniversary. First published in 1948, as World Economic Report, WESS is the oldest continuous post-World War II publication recording and analysing the performance of the global economy and social development trends. It offers relevant policy recommendations and highlights how well the United Nation's (UN) annual report has tracked global economic and social conditions, and how its analyses influenced and were influenced by the prevailing development discourse during the past seven decades. It also critically reflects on its policy recommendations and their influence on actual policy-making and the shaping of the world economy. The World Economy through the Lens of the United Nations reflects on this report, amongst others, to provide valuable insights on global


Richard Jolly: Preface; 1 Anis Chowdhury and Jose Antonio Ocampo: The Global Economy since World War II through the Lens of the United Nations; 2 Jose Antonio Ocampo: From reconstruction to the post war boom; 3 Samuel Wangwe and Hiroshi Kawamura: The 1960s: High growth, high hope, and looming structural imbalances; 4 John Loxley: The 1970s: Shocks, Stagflation and the Second UN Decade of Development; 5 Barbara Stallings: The 1980s: Debt Crisis and Development Setbacks; 6 Amiya Bagchi: The 1990s: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Globalization and Crises; 7 Jayati Ghosh: The 2000s and beyond: Development issues in a rapidly changing world; 8 Rob Vos: The World Economy in 1999-2007: Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble; 9 John Quiggin: Global Financial Crisis: Analysis of Economic Policy, 2008-2016; 10 Anis Chowdhury: The United Nations and Development


Diana Alarcon is the Chief of Development Strategies and Policies at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She led the writing team for the World Economic and Social Survey, a flagship publications of DESA for the issues published in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and has been part of the writing team for WESS since 2007. Before joining UN/DESA, Diana worked in the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP and the ILO. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and has taught in several Universities in Mexico and the United States.; Anis Chowdhury retired from the United Nations Secretariat in January 2016 after completing an eight-year career in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) in New York. He was at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok as Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (July 2012-Aug. 2014) and Director of Statistics Division. He was previouisly Professor of Economics at the University of Western Sydney, and has taught at the National University of Singapore , University of New England, and University of Manitoba. Anis was a founding managing editor of the Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy (1995-2008), where he continues as co-editor. He has published widely on East and Southeast Asia and on macro-development issues. He holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and honours and master's degrees from Jahangirnagar University of Bangladesh; Jose Antonio Ocampo is a member of the Board of Banco de la Republica, Colombia's central bank, and Chair of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). He is also Professor (on leave) from Columbia University, and has occupied numerous positions at the United Nations and his native Colombia, including UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture and Director of the National Planning Office of Colombia. He has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.