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The Resource The elusive quest for growth : economists' adventures and misadventures in the tropics, William Russell Easterly

The elusive quest for growth : economists' adventures and misadventures in the tropics, William Russell Easterly

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The elusive quest for growth : economists' adventures and misadventures in the tropics
Title
The elusive quest for growth
Title remainder
economists' adventures and misadventures in the tropics
Statement of responsibility
William Russell Easterly
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Since the end of World War II, economists have tried to figure out how poor countries in the tropics could attain standards of living approaching those of countries in Europe and North America. Attempted remedies have included providing foreign aid, investing in machines, fostering education, controlling population growth, and making aid loans as well as forgiving those loans on condition of reforms. None of these solutions has delivered as promised. The problem is not the failure of economics, William Easterly argues, but the failure to apply economic principles to practical policy work.In this book Easterly shows how these solutions all violate the basic principle of economics, that people--private individuals and businesses, government officials, even aid donors--respond to incentives. Easterly first discusses the importance of growth. He then analyzes the development solutions that have failed. Finally, he suggests alternative approaches to the problem. Written in an accessible, at times irreverent, style, Easterly's book combines modern growth theory with anecdotes from his fieldwork for the World Bank
Biographical or historical data
William Easterly is the author of The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (MIT Press, 2001) and The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. He is Professor of Economics at New York University (Joint with Africa House), Codirector of NYU's Development Research Institute, visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Nonresident Fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC.
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Easterly, William Russell
Dewey number
338.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Undergraduate
  • College Graduate Student and over
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Poor
  • Poverty
  • Developing countries
Target audience
specialized
Label
The elusive quest for growth : economists' adventures and misadventures in the tropics, William Russell Easterly
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Publication
Control code
9780262550420
Dimensions
23x15x2 cm.
Extent
400 p.
Isbn
9780262550420
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
4 ill., s.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The elusive quest for growth : economists' adventures and misadventures in the tropics, William Russell Easterly
Publication
Control code
9780262550420
Dimensions
23x15x2 cm.
Extent
400 p.
Isbn
9780262550420
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
4 ill., s.
Specific material designation
regular print

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