Development and underdevelopment
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Shankman, P. 2013. Development and underdevelopment. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
Development and underdevelopment are macroeconomic rubrics that have influenced the study of migration for the past sixty years. After World War II, during the movement for independence by former colonies, theories of economic development were popular in Western academic, government, and policy circles. These theories usually focused on stages of growth within nations and processes of modernization that would follow Western models of economic transformation with appropriate injections of capital, entrepreneurial expertise, and removal of traditional barriers to modernity, and free trade.