You are all cordially invited to a Lecture organized by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), WUR Economics Section, N.W. Posthumus Institute for Social and Economic History, and sponsored by NWO (Netherlands Research Council); where Professor Deepak Nayyar (JNU-New Delhi) will talk about “The Asian Miracle: Learning from a Half-Century of Transformations”. Professor Nayyar is one of the leading thinkers on Asian development and has had a distinguished career in both academia and public service.
The lecture analyses the phenomenal transformation of Asia, which would have been difficult to imagine, let alone predict, fifty years ago. In doing so, it provides an analytical narrative of this remarkable story of economic development, situated in the wider context of historical, political and social factors, and an economic analysis of the underlying factors, with a focus on critical issues in the process of, and outcomes in, development. The analytical conclusions drawn contribute to contemporary debates on development, and highlight some lessons from the Asian experience for countries elsewhere.
In 1970, Asia was the poorest continent in the world, marginal except for its large population. Since then, it has been transformed beyond recognition, in the development of nations and living standards of people. This transformation has been uneven across countries and unequal among people. Yet, Asia’s economic progress in this short timespan has been remarkable and almost unprecedented in history. It is beginning to shift the balance of economic power in the world. At this juncture, however, the world is also confronted with mounting economic problems and political challenges, so that the uncertain future is a challenge.