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The World Economy through the Lens of the United Nations

José Antonio Ocampo, Anis Chowdhury, and Diana Alarcón


This volume documents the intellectual influence of the United Nations through its flagship publication, the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) on its seventieth anniversary. Prepared at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and first published in 1948 as the World Economic Report (subsequently renamed the WESS), it is the oldest continuous post-World War II publication of this kind, recording and analysing the performance of the global economy and social development trends, and offering relevant policy recommendations. This volume highlights how well WESS has tracked globa ... More

Keywords: world economy, reconstruction, crisis, policy analysis, sustainable development, multilateralism, United Nations, DESA, development decades

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817345
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

José Antonio Ocampo, editor
Co-Director, Central Bank of Colombia, and Professor (on leave), Columbia University, New York, US

Anis Chowdhury, editor
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University and University of New South Wales, Australia

Diana Alarcón, editor
Chief of Development Strategies and Policies, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.