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Understanding economic development : a global transition from poverty to prosperity?

Author: Colin White
Publisher: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing from economics, economic history, business and management, this book examines the inception of modern economic development. It also explores the concepts of economic theory, showing their limitations and highlighting alternative approaches.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Colin White
ISBN: 9781847207814 1847207812 9780857933867 0857933868
OCLC Number: 427612563
Description: ix, 401 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Introduction: Theory and History --
1. role of theory and history in explaining modern economic development --
2. conventional wisdom of the economist --
3. optimist's view: convergence --
4. Introducing real time with a narrative --
pt. II. Ultimate Causes: A Fixed Or Malleable Context --
5. Resources as a stimulant or constraint: the role of geography --
6. Geography and beyond: the importance of risk environments --
7. Human capital: education, health and aptitude --
8. institutional setting: government, market and civil society --
pt. III. Driving Forces --
9. Innovation as a prime mover --
10. Government provides the context: motivation and policies --
pt. IV. Devising Appropriate Narratives --
11. Release from the Malthusian trap --
12. Continuity and discontinuity: the meaning of the Industrial Revolution --
13. rise and fall of the Soviet Union: the failed experiment --
pt. V. Conclusions --
14. Causes and complexity.
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