"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
"It is impossible to convey the depth and range of The Elusive Quest for Growth." Bruce Bartlett 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
If you are a teacher or student of economics, I especially recommend this book.
Still the book is written in a bright and wry style which is easy to read and expresses complex ideas in a simple and logical way.
In the introduction William Easterly casually mentions that he was fired from the world bank for writing this book.
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 4 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 4 months ago by Eli
The author proves a concise, accurate, and compelling account of how the field of international economic "development" can be redefined and implemented.Published 7 months ago by Owen Schoeniger
Great read. Would recommend to lecturers of global and national business topics in bachelors and masters programs. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Beatrice
I had this one for one of my course and it will give you a new view towards lots of economic ideas!Published 11 months ago by Sam
I had to buy this for an econ class, I think Easterly just likes to bash other people's work. It's not dry, but not a fun read.Published 11 months ago by Jacqueline Shelton
I choose this rating because I was able to write research proposals with examples and references from "the Elusive Quest for Growth. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Curtis Dale
This is an excellent, well balanced overview of what is known about economic development,
by one of the leading experts.
What do I hate about being a political science major at Arizona State University? This book! I have no interest in saving the world. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Karla J. Freeman