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    DescriptionSince 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.


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    Title
    The Elusive Quest for Growth
    Subtitle
    Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Easterly
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 360
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262550420
    ISBN 10: 0262550423
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ECO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.5
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 10
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QFG
    B&T General Subject: 180
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    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17830
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    DC21: 338.90091724
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A45603600, A45300000
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QFG
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    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    4 illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    02 September 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "A highly readable and iconoclastic treatment of the determinants of economic growth." Richard N. Cooper Foreign Affairs "It is impossible to convey the depth and range of The Elusive Quest for Growth." Bruce Bartlett The Wall Street Journal "It is impossible to convey the depth and range of The Elusive Quest for Growth." Bruce Bartlett Wall Street Journal