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The problem of productivity

Once we start to look for resemblances in the various areas of the underdeveloped world, one common handicap springs to sight immediately. It is the fact that human labor in all of these nations is so pitifully unproductive — that a day’s toil, often far more back-breaking than the equivalent day’s work in the West, produces so heartbreakingly little.

-Robert L. Heilbroner The Great Ascent

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