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Is the 'Developing World' Changing? A Dynamic and Multidimensional Taxonomy of Developing Countries. / Vázquez, Sergio Tezanos; Sumner, Andy.

In: European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 28, No. 5, 01.11.2016, p. 847-874.

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Vázquez, ST & Sumner, A 2016, 'Is the 'Developing World' Changing? A Dynamic and Multidimensional Taxonomy of Developing Countries', European Journal of Development Research, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 847-874. https://doi.org/10.1057/ejdr.2015.57

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Vázquez, S. T., & Sumner, A. (2016). Is the 'Developing World' Changing? A Dynamic and Multidimensional Taxonomy of Developing Countries. European Journal of Development Research, 28(5), 847-874. https://doi.org/10.1057/ejdr.2015.57

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Vázquez ST, Sumner A. Is the 'Developing World' Changing? A Dynamic and Multidimensional Taxonomy of Developing Countries. European Journal of Development Research. 2016 Nov 1;28(5):847-874. https://doi.org/10.1057/ejdr.2015.57

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Vázquez, Sergio Tezanos ; Sumner, Andy. / Is the 'Developing World' Changing? A Dynamic and Multidimensional Taxonomy of Developing Countries. In: European Journal of Development Research. 2016 ; Vol. 28, No. 5. pp. 847-874.

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