Economic Development

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Recommended Books

William Easterly. The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics. MIT Press, 2001 [Amazon/SLU]. An accessible book discussing modern growth theory. You need to read this if you hold to the 19th century view that development is a matter of international capital flows.

Paul Collier. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About it. Oxford University Press, 2007 [Amazon/SLU]. A very readable book which distinguishes between the problems of most developing countries and those failed states at the bottom with a combined population of about a billion.

P. J. O'Rourke. Eat the Rich. Grove/Atlantic, 1999 [Amazon/SLU]. A very funny book. Despite claiming complete ignorance of economics, O'Rourke asks the right questions and gets the answers about 90% correct -- better than most development scholars.

Rohinton Mistry. A Fine Balance. Vintage, 2001 [Amazon/SLU]. A novel set in 1970s India. No economics but communicates the sense of powerlessness of the poor. A Booker Prize finalist and Oprah Book Club selection.

Pietra Rivoli. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade. Wiley, 2005 [Amazon/SLU]. A very accessible, straightforward way to learn about the economics of globalization without the usual polemics.

Some Favorite Development Economists

William Easterly (NYU home page; blog: Aid Watch)

Marcel Fafchamps (Oxford home page)

Paul Collier (Oxford home page)

Christopher B. Barrett (Cornell home page)

Dani Rodrik (Harvard home page; Dani Rodrik's Weblog)

Daron Acemoglu (MIT home page)

Joost de Laat, SLU '98 (U. of Quebec home page)

Other Web Links

The Gapminder World (Data and interactive graphs)

Human Development Report Data (UNDP)

Data and Statistics (World Bank)

Millennium Development Goals (World Bank)

Measuring Business Regulations (World Bank)

Social Capital for Development (World Bank)

Any suggestions or comments?