Economic Growth in Europe since 1945

Economic Growth in Europe since 1945

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This compelling volume re-examines the topic of economic growth in Europe after the Second World War. The contributors approach the subject armed not only with new theoretical ideas, but also with the experience of the 1980s on which to draw. The analysis is based on both applied economics and on economic history. Thus, while the volume is greatly informed by insights from growth theory, emphasis is given to the presentation of chronological and institutional detail. The case study approach and the adoption of a longer-run perspective than is normal for economists allow new insights to be obtained. As well as including chapters that consider the experience of individual European countries, the book explores general European institutional arrangements and historical circumstances. The result is a genuinely comparative picture of post-war growth, with insights that do not emerge from standard cross-section regressions based on the post-1960 more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 76 b/w illus.
  • 1139241001
  • 9781139241007

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Post-war growth: an overview Nicholas Crafts and Gianni Toniolo; 2. Institutions and economic growth: Europe after World War II Barry Eichengreen: 3. The varieties of Eurosclerosis: the rise and decline of nations since 1982 Mancur Olson; 4. Why the 1950s and not the 1920s? Olsonian and non-Olsonian interpretations of two decades of German economic history Karl-Heinz PaquE; 5. Convergence, competitiveness and the exchange rate Andrea Boltho; 6. British economic growth since 1945: relative economic decline ... and Renaissance? Charles Bean and Nicholas Crafts; 7. Economic growth in postwar Belgium Isabelle Cassiers, Philippe de VillE and Peter M. Solar; 8. France 1945-92 Pierre Sicsic and Charles Wyplosz; 9. Economic growth and the Swedish model Magnus Henrekson, Lars Jonung and Joakim Stymna; 10. Characteristics of economic growth in the Netherlands during the postwar period Bart van Ark, Jakob de Haan and Herman J. de Jong; 11. Portuguese postwar growth: a global approach JoAo L. CEsar das Neves; 12. Growth and macroeconomic performance in Spain, 1939-93 Leandro Prados de la Escosura and Jorge C. Sanz; 13. Irish economic growth, 1945-88 Cormac O GrAda and Kevin O'Rourke; 14. Italy Nicola Rossi and Gianni Toniolo; 15. West German growth and institutions, 1945-90 Wendy Carlin; 16. An exercise in futility: East German economic growth and decline, 1945-89 Albrecht O. Ritschl; 17. Postwar growth in the Danish economy Peder J. Pedersen; 18. Reflections on the country studies Nicholas Crafts and Gianni Toniolo; more

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'This is an awesome textbook of profound and rigorous economic analysis which will prove invaluable to generations of economics students - and other informed readers besides ...'. The Times Higher Education Supplementshow more