Living Standards and the Wealth of Nations

Living Standards and the Wealth of Nations

Successes and Failures in Real Convergence

eBook - 2006
Rate this:
MIT Press

A group of prominent international economists consider what makes for successfulconvergence—what policies and economic conditions help poor countries catch up to theliving standards of rich countries.


A group of prominent international economists consider what makes for successful convergence—what policies and economic conditions help poor countries catch up to the living standards of rich countries.

The question of convergence, or under what conditions the per capita income levels of developing countries can catch up to those found in advanced economies, is critical for understanding economic growth and development. Convergence has happened in many countries and appears to be taking place now in China and India--yet in general per capita income levels in the poorer countries do not converge towards those of richer countries as uniformly as the analytical models predict. Living Standards and the Wealth of Nations, which grew out of a 2003 conference on convergence hosted by the National Bank of Poland, offers detailed theoretical and empirical examinations of what makes for successful convergence. After general discussions of the theoretical requirements for "rapid catch up" and the possible link between democracy and growth, the book presents global case studies of both non-EU and EU countries, including a provocative comparison of growth in the transition economies of the CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) nations and the 12 non-Baltic states of the former Soviet Union. It then considers nominal as opposed to real convergence in the European Monetary Union. Taken together, the chapters present a consistent argument that reliance on market forces within an open economy in a stable macroeconomic environment, with assured property rights, is the key to rapid economic growth.

Contributors
Anders Åslund, Leszek Balcerowicz, Manuel Balmaseda, Iain Begg, John Bradley, Vittorio Corbo L., Stanley Fischer, Leonardo Hernández T., Philip E. Keefer, Olle Krantz, Abel Moreira Mateus, Thomas O'Connell, Stephen L. Parente, Edward C. Prescott, Jacek Rostowski, Isaac Sabethai, Miguel Sebastián, Diarmaid Smyth, Athanasios Vamvakidis, José Maria Viñals, Wing Thye Woo, Nikolai Zoubanov



Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, Ă2006
ISBN: 9781429477208
1429477202
9780262025959
0262025957
9780262267618
0262267616
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (vi, 434 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Fischer, Stanley
Balcerowicz, Leszek

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top