National and Regional Patterns of Convergence and Divergence
Edited by John Adams and Francesco Pigliaru
Page xvii Preface John Adams and Francesco Pigliaru On 19–21 June 1997, the Centre for North–South Economic Research (CRENoS) of the University of Cagliari hosted a conference devoted to the theme, ‘Economic Growth and Change, A Comparative Analysis’. The coorganizer of the meeting was the Department of Economics, Northeastern University, Boston. The conference was the culmination of a threeyear collaboration between CRENoS and the Economic Growth Group at Northeastern University. In addition to the participants from CRENoS and Northeastern, a number of distinguished scholars were invited to make contributions. The threeway interaction was extremely fruitful and this book is its tangible product. Because the conference was open to local faculty and student attendance, the presenters benefited from a wide spectrum of challenging and helpful commentary that we are happy to acknowledge and doubtlessly improved the quality of the contributions. In addition, two of the chapters in the book do not stem directly from offerings at the conference, because of the absence of their authors, Irma Adelman and Shahid Alam, but parts of their work were included in the conference presentation of one of the editors (Adams) and formally discussed. The editors are grateful to the contributors for the time they have spent in preparing their chapters for final publication and for their involvement in the June 1997 conference. At Northeastern, Cheryl Noakes and Patricia Logan provided logistical support for a large number of faculty exchanges and visits, assisted graduate students from the University of Cagliari,...
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