Economic Growth / Edition 3

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Why are some countries rich and others poor? David N. Weil, one of the top researchers in economic growth, introduces students to the latest theoretical tools, data, and insights underlying this pivotal question. By showing how empirical data relate to new and old theoretical ideas, Economic Growth provides readers with a complete introduction to the discipline and the latest research.
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“I cannot imagine a better way of introducing students to the fascinating field of economic growth. [The author's] systematic reliance on relevant historical evidence, basic empirical facts, well-chosen examples, and illustrative tables and figures; his parsimonious and intuitive use of very simple models; and his focus on the key issues and enigmas—all these contribute to the magic of this book.”
—Philippe Aghion, Harvard University

“The book is very well conceived and will fill an important need…. The organization is excellent…. The book is slanted toward good, modern, relevant research and the best available evidence about important questions.”
—David Romer, University of California–Berkeley

“The clarity of the writing, the richness of the empirical and quantitative environment, and the currency of the research base drawn upon and explicated. All of these make this book a clear winner.”
—Steve Colt, University of Alaska–Anchorage

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321795731
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/13/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 762,299
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Weil is a professor of economics at Brown University. He received his BA in history from Brown University and his PhD in economics from Harvard University. A former member of the Board of Editors at the American Economic Review, Professor Brown is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and associate editor of the Journal of Economic Growth.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Facts to be Explained

Chapter 2: A Framework for Analysis


Chapter 3: Physical Capital

Chapter 4: Population and Economic Growth

Chapter 5: Future Population Trends

Chapter 6: Human Capital


Chapter 7: Measuring Productivity

Chapter 8: The Role of Technology in Growth

Chapter 9: The Cutting Edge Of Technology

Chapter 10: Efficiency

Chapter 11: Growth In The Open Economy


Chapter 12: Government

Chapter 13: Income Inequality

Chapter 14: Culture

Chapter 15: Geography, Climate, and Natural Resources

Chapter 16: Resources and the Environment at the Global Level


Chapter 17: What We Have Learned and Where We are Headed

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