A collection of previous and new essays examining the comparative, historical, and quantitative aspects of economic growth, offering an analytical framework for causal analysis of growth performance, and discussion of investment and stock estimation, measurement of economic performance, the roots of economic backwardness, and the effect of social policy in capitalist countries. Draws on quantitative and qualitative evidence to analyze the economic performance of various nations, revealing why growth rates differ, why real income and productivity spreads are so wide, and why the pace of growth varies over time. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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The late Angus Maddison, former Professor of Economics, University of Groningen, The NetherlandsReview:
`. . . this book is highly recommended. It is thoroughly researched, well-written and covers interesting ground. The final, autobiographical chapter is well worth reading: Maddison has had a far more varied and at times dramatic career than most economists could ever hope for.' -- Dick Howard, The Business Economist `. . . this is a highly useful volume, bringing together many of the papers that any serious student of growth will need to consult on a regular basis.' -- Stephen Broadberry, Business History `. . . it contains many interesting papers of high quality. . .' -- Jan Fagerberg, The Manchester School `It is much more than just an interesting life story. This is a collection of articles which already has a great impact on the profession's thinking about economic growth and development, and will continue to do so in the future.' -- Bart van Ark, The Economic Journal
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