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A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy (Graz Schumpeter Lectures) by [Mokyr, Joel]
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Finalist for the 2017 Hayek Prize, The Manhattan Institute

Honorable Mention for the 2017 PROSE Award in European and World History, Association of American Publishers

One of MIT Technology Review’s Best Books of 2016

More praise forA Culture of Growth--Adam Gopnik,New Yorker

"A fine book…. One of our country's great economic historians has helped us better understand the greatest transformation in human welfare our planet has ever seen."--Richard Vedder,Wall Street Journal

"[Mokyr] is a wonderfully well-read lucid and continuously interesting guide to a vast literature and invariably thought provoking."--Publishers Weekly

"Ultimately, without the impetus of science, economic growth would have fizzled out after 1815. A Culture of Growth is certainly making me rethink."--Brad DeLong, Nature

"InA Culture of Growth, Joel Mokyr explores in detail the interactions among groups of educated people that led to the creation of specific innovative ideas important in the Industrial Revolution. Mokyr's historical laboratory is early modern Europe but his methods and findings seem to me equally useful in thinking about the prospects for a variety of contemporary economies the world over."--Deirdre McCloskey, author ofBourgeois Equality

"In pointing to growth-boosting factors that go beyond either the state or the market, Mokyr's book is very welcome."--Victoria Bateman,Times Higher Education

"What stands out from Mokyr's approach is the highly contingent character of the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution. They happened because a lot of different things happened to fall into place; small deviations in the course of events could have given us an entirely different world of technological and economic power."--Brad DeLong,Nature

"Mokyr . . . dives into the mystery of how the world went from being poor to being so rich in just a few centuries. . . . Drawing on centuries of philosophy and scientific advancements, Mokyr argues that there's a reason the Industrial Revolution occurred in Europe and not, for example, in China, which had in previous centuries shown signs of more scientific advancement: Europe developed a unique culture of competitive scientific and intellectual advancement that was unprecedented and not at all predestined."--Ana Swanson,'s Wonkblog

"The sheer elegance of Mr. Mokyr's theory … has much to commend it. And it is refreshing that an economist is taking seriously the idea that ideas and culture make a difference to economic growth."--The Economist

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"Many great minds have written many great books about why Europe spearheaded technological progress and economic growth in the past three centuries. Joel Mokyr has joined their ranks with admirable verve, erudition, and originality. In his account, a change in the beliefs, values, and preferences of Europeans drove them to accumulate, share, and apply knowledge as it had never been done before. Agree or disagree with Mokyr's thesis, you definitely need to take it seriously."--Margaret Jacob, University of California, Los Angeles

"A Culture of Growthis an insightful quest into the economic history of the last five centuries. Mokyr's historical laboratory is early modern Europe, when a small mass of highly skilled artisans, entrepreneurs, financiers and merchants laid the roots of what was to become the Industrial Revolution."--Angus Deaton, 2015 Nobel Laureate in Economics

"Mokyr's new masterpiece is a virtuoso display of how new thinking in economics can bring a deeper understanding of one of the most important events in human history.A Culture of Growthdocuments the cultural shifts that permitted the interrogation of nature that then flowered into scientific advances. This book offers us an optimistic vision: a great expansion of communication preceded our modern prosperity, and we can expect this to happen again."--Robert E. Lucas Jr., 1995 Nobel Laureate in Economics

"In this immensely learned book, Mokyr argues that a specific culture of growth anchored in the Republic of Letters, spread through the enlightened circuits beginning with Britain, and made the Industrial Revolution happen. Written by America's leading economic historian,A Culture of Growthis magisterial and long overdue."Margaret Jacob, University of California, Los Angeles

"A giant among the masters of economic history, Mokyr has written a brilliant, persuasive, humane, penetrating, and sensationally good book. Mokyr looks at the immensely powerful idea of a progressive Baconian science, which stepped down from theory to enrich the modern world. The range of scholarship is astonishing and this major work will become a standard in the literature on economic growth."--Daron Acemoglu, coauthor ofWhy Nations Fail

"[Mokyr] reminds us that the skirmishing of philosophers and their ideas, the preoccupation of popular historians, is in many ways a sideshow--that the revolution that gave Europe dominance was, above all, scientific, and that the scientific revolution was, above all, an artisanal revolution."--Diane Coyle,Financial Times

"One has to admire the depth of knowledge and the subtlety of Mokyr's argument…. For serious students of the Enlightenment itself, Mokyr's magnum opus will be required reading for a long time to come."--Arnold Kling,Econlib

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  • File Size: 6153 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 25, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EGQA1Z2
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