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This is a brilliant, original work. It is simply the best book I know on economic development. Easterly writes with clarity, honesty, and humor. And he is courageous in his analysis of what went wrong with the development policies followed by the World Bank.(Sergio Rebelo, Tokai Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University)
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)
Every college student who protests against free trade and every young economist who builds models of development should read this extraordinary book. Easterly presents both the power of simple economic models of the development process and the painfully disappointing track record of official development assistance. He writes beautifully and cares deeply about his subject.(Paul Romer, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University)
Curing emerging market poverty is on everyone's list of priorities along with peace on earth. Yet the success has been dismal. This powerful book may help cure the ignorance of people with pat answers, do-gooders, the Seattle-Prague crowd, and economists who have neglected to keep up with the evidence. Far from dry, the book takes you to the scene, gives you the local color, and challenges you to concede that a lot of your prejudices are just that -- yet in the process does not throw economics overboard. Brilliant!(Rudi Dornbusch, Ford Professor of Economics and International Management, MIT)
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.
a good survey of the obstacles for development supported by a lifetime of experience in the service of the world bank by a practicing development economist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Oele A. P.
A much better analysis of the African aid problem than The White Man's Burden, which gets all the publicity primarily I suspect because of the title.Published 10 months ago by Julie C. Wang
When I was first examining the book the outside was fine. A little more rough around the edges, but when I opened it up I found that there was writing everywhere. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Karina Mann
I would say that this is a historical and theoretical treatment of various Economics topics. Many topics will be introduced by a problem; followed by a solution that was... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eli