Pakistan Institute of Development Economics



Sohail J. Malik, Safiya Alta., and Nargis Sultana. Pakistan’s Economic Performance 1947 to 1993: A Descriptive Analysis. Lahore: Sure Publishers. 1994. 444 pages. Hardbound. Rs 325.00/US$ 35.00.

Author: Hina Nazli

Pakistan’s economic history has seen many turnarounds since independence. The country emerged on the world-map with few manufacturing industries, very little educated and skilled labour, a limited endowment of financial resources, and the enormous problem of resettlement of refugees. In addition to this, political conflicts with India caused two wars and resulted in the separation of East Pakistan. However, the country’s economic performance has been remarkable. This book reviews Pakistan’s economic performance over a period of 47 years, from 1947 to 1993, and traces the history and development of various sectors of Pakistan’s economy with the help of time-series data on key variables. Trends in these variables are depicted in graphs. The background data are provided in the 58 appendix tables at the end of the book. In each chapter, Pakistan’s position in the world economy is judged by a comparative analysis in relation to other countries.

Hina Nazli