Indigenous technical change: what we can learn from sugar processing

Kaplinsky, Raphael (1984). Indigenous technical change: what we can learn from sugar processing. World Development, 12(4) pp. 419–432.



This paper is primarily concerned with the nature and extent of indigenous technological capability in peripheral countries. Set in the context of a recent survey article on this topic, it uses the case of open pan sugar technology to discuss the nature and significance of Third World technological capabilities. The paper has an additional relevance to readers of this journal in that it addresses itself to a topic — namely the choice of sugar technology — which has been extensively discussed in previous issues. It charts the impact which recent technological improvements in the small-scale technology have had in changing the private and social optimality of choice.

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