Appetizers in development economics


  • Ryder Bell New York University



Development Economics, Neoliberalism, International Trade, Globalization, Immigration


First paragraph:

In Edible Economics, South Korean development economist Ha-Joon Chang argues against the neoliberal philosophy that “has normalized self-serving behavior” (p. xxii). He contends that the discipline of economics is a determinant factor in idea creation and in the organization of our lives, and therefore it is useful to understand how economic theory translates into reality. He also believes that a broad understanding of economics can help “make our society a better place to live for us and the coming generations” (p. xxiv). Food, the author admits, does not fit seamlessly into this objective and is instead a device to reel in the attention of the reader before expanding on development economic theory. The marriage between personal food stories and economics can sometimes feel disjointed; the reader may wonder how a chapter beginning with the history of rye leads to Otto von Bismarck’s establishment of the welfare state. But, with Chang’s palpable gregariousness, love of food, and general self-awareness, his essays succeed in making economics more “edible.” . . .


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Author Biography

Ryder Bell, New York University

Graduate student, Food Studies Program

Cover of "Edible Economics"



How to Cite

Bell, R. (2023). Appetizers in development economics. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 12(4), 1–2.