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Entrepreneurs and Economic Development

Munir Quddus (Author) Salim Rashid (Author)
Synopsis This is the first book that presents a comprehensive analysis of the apparel export industry of Bangladesh. Readymade garment exports from Bangladesh started modestly in the late 1970s primarily as a result of local initiatives. Soon the industry had the benefit of foreign collaboration in marketing, management and production. After two decades of dynamic performance, interrupted by occasional crises, apparel exports from Bangladesh have blossomed into a multi-billion-dollar industry that currently employs over one million women workers, enabling them to improve their living standards and to eventually climb out of poverty. The authors focus primarily on the role of the entrepreneurs, the men and women who have led the industry over the years. Based on a sample of forty randomly selected factory owners, a profile of the garment entrepreneur is presented. In addition, the authors use a political economy approach to analyze the forces underlying the local and global clothing markets. A history of the apparel sector, as well as an overview of the industry, both domestic and global, is presented. The book also discusses future challenges for the industry and the policymakers as the present structure built under the GATT rules come to an end in the year 2005.
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About the authors

Munir Quddus

Munir Quddus received his doctorate in economics from Vanderbilt University. He is currently a professor of economics and chairman of the department of economics and finance at the University of Southern Indiana, USA. Munir was the senior grantee of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies in 1992-93 when he started his work on this book. He was also a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellow in Bangladesh in 1996. His research interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, development economics, economic education and the history of economic thought.

Salim Rashid

Salim Rashid studied at the London School of Economics and received his doctorate in economics from Yale University. He is a professor of economics at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has taught at Dartmouth College and has been a visiting professor at different universities including Concordia University, Canada. Professor Rashid has received numerous honors including a fellowship from the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies. He is the author of several books on a variety of topics such as the history of economic thought, mathematical economics, and the economy of Bangladesh.

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Title Entrepreneurs and Economic Development
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9840515012
length xx+250p., Tables; References; Index; 22cm.