En busca del crecimiento. Front Cover. William Easterly En busca del crecimiento: andanzas y tribulaciones de los economistas del William Easterly. William Easterly. · Rating details · 1, ratings · 67 reviews. Why economists’ attempts to help poorer countries improve their economic well-being have. The Paperback of the En Busca Del Crecimiento by William Easterly at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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A nice primer on development economics circa What is the remedy to these problems? Name dropping at every turn of the page. Easterly explains the progression of economic thought and the fate of the ‘latest and greatest’ foreign aid ideas spurred by ever changing growth theories.

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Paperbackpages. Perhaps what is most exciting though, is his demonstration that ideas can have real consequences, for good or ill, and that thoughtful change can be a real force for good in the world. Easterly would say today.

Given William Easterly may have still been a little idealistic when he wrote his first major book. It’s really good survey for non-economists of the field’s arc since WWII, beginning with the Harrod-Domar model and leading up to the time of writing. Backward areas have an advantage in implementing new supplemental technology as they have not vested interest in the old technology it is replacing.

This is the Luddite fallacy, one of the silliest ideas to ever come along in the long tradition of silly ideas in economics. In The Elusive Quest for Growth: Perhaps some of these are fleshed out in his other book, “White man’s burden,” which I hope to eventually tackle.

It has more statistics in the text than “The Bottom Billion”, and is a bit longer as a result. Growth matters because it helps the poor – doesn’t it? Other technologies are complemental technology that benefits from existing technologieswhich supports status quo.

Since both are decent writers the concepts they express are well within the grasp of general voting public. Written in an accessible, at times irreverent, style, Easterly’s book combines modern growth theory with anecdotes from his fieldwork for the World Bank. As such he has experience from the kitchen that allows him to summarize what has been done in the past crecimientl by the big world economies for the problems of the financially-hindered countries.

Lists with This Book. Want to Read Currently Reading Crecimiemto. Easterly reminds us just how new in relative terms the field of development economics bucsa and how much we still do not know.


May 03, B rated it really liked it Shelves: A good read for anyone concerned with aid and development written in an approachable and understandable way. It’s a book intended for a general audience, a “The End of Poverty” counterweight for the skeptical crowd although I hear “White Man’s Burden” is even more in this directionso it won’t satisfy policy wonks or econometrics geeks, unless you view it purely as an exercise to demonstrate our own igno If you’ve studied development economics in the last half decade, none of the stuff in this book will be news to you.

Nov 10, Shayak rated it really liked it. For macroeconomists this is a fascinating question because their models suggest that poor countries should eastsrly faster than usual growth and achieve convergence.

After a short prologue introducing the book’s topic easterpy mapping its contents, Easterly begins his argument by arguing that growth matters because it helps the poor. The book is divided into three parts: Economies experiencing technical progress, like Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, do not show any long-run trend toward increasing unemployment; they do show a long-run trend toward increasing income per worker.

Insufficient diffusion of knowledge and skills mismatches; resistance against technical change; luck; bad economic policies; corruption; ethnocultural polarization.

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Even more than that, it explained it in such a way that it was easy to make your own conclusions when applying it to other scenarios. Minus one star for spending way too many pages on the “panaceas that failed” section. Lots of good stuff here on the failure of aid and debt relief, as well as a nascent recognition of the importance of institutions. For this purpose he dresses a stark image of the plight poor people are living in and describes the sad hallmarks of poverty: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Jan 07, Manuel Fernandez rated it it was amazing. Primary educational improvements don’t appear correlated to GDP growth in subsequent years read this a few times before, but always seems surprisingand the World Bank doesn’t punish corrupt governments very well repeat loan history.

Given the two broad “camps” of development, it is interesting to understand the logic underlying the Economics camp, which is often critiqued for being out of touch with the real life impacts and fallout of their policy prescriptions.

This book, as do most books by professional economists, hide the nature of capital and the dynamics of power involved in capital.


Primary educational improvements don’t appear correlated to GDP growth in subsequent years read this a few eazterly before, but always seems surprisingand the This book one was written before “White Man’s Burden” which I read first and really enjoyed; particularly because at that point I had only read very pro-development books. It does seem a bit unstructured by shifting between theory, historical examples, empirical evidence and unrelated personal stories from poor countries.

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The authors say “jobless growth” happens whenever the rate of employment growth is not as high as the rate of output growth, which leads to “very low incomes” for millions of workers. Six reasons ezsterly growth has failed to materialize The worst part of bashing having ended, Easterly moves on to identify the six factors that have kept economic growth in developing countries in check: The book starts by showing how a paper by Evsey Domar, on capital expansion during business cycles, somehow became the fundamental model for international aid for the next 60 years, even though the model had nothing to do with Third World growth and Domar explicitly repudiated it by Fel an interesting and educational read, for sure.

All of the incentives of a market economy point toward increasing investment and output rather than decreasing employment; otherwise some extremely dumb factory owners are foregoing profit opportunities. William Easterly received his Ph. Easterly’s The Elusive Quest for Growth is something akin to a starting point for the whole s popular development literature. Seeing why it’s silly is a good way to illustrate further Solow’s logic.

Easterly presents a Good book, not a huge fan of the style of writing it is hard to make economics a fun read in my opinion, and I was an economics major.

Jun 11, Matthew Moore rated it liked it. This book one was written before “White Man’s Burden” which I read first and really enjoyed; particularly because at that point I had only read very pro-development books. More generally he finds that countries with high inequality are more likely to establish growth hindering redistributional policies, like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela written before rasterly fall of oil prices.

While his cases are interesting, his crecimjento thesis remains that altogether the World Bank and IMF aren’t so bad, they just mess up a little.