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Economic Growth, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By David N. Weil

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Mar 11, 2008

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Why are some countries rich and others poor? David N. Weil, one of the top researchers in economic growth, introduces students to the latest theoretical tools, data, and insights underlying this pivotal question. By showing how empirical data relate to new and old theoretical ideas, Economic Growth provides students with a complete introduction to the discipline and the latest research.

With its comprehensive and flexible organization, Economic Growth is ideal for a wide array of courses, including undergraduate and graduate courses in economic growth, economic development, macro theory, applied econometrics, and development studies.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Overview

Chapter 1. The Facts to Be Explained
Differences in the Level of Income Among Countries
Differences in the Rate of Income Growth Among Countries
Appendix: Measuring and Comparing GDP Using Purchasing Power Parity Problems

Chapter 2. A Framework for Analysis
The Economics of Sylvania and Freedonia: A Parable
From Parable to Practice
What Can We Learn from Data?

Part II. Factor Accumulation

Chapter 3. Physical Capital
The Nature of Capital
Capital’s Role in Production
The Solow Model
The Relationship Between Investment and Saving
Appendix: Further Exploration of the Cobb-Douglas Production Function and the Speed of Convergence in the Solow Model

Chapter 4. Population and Economic Growth
Population and Output over the Long Run
Population Growth in the Solow Model
Explaining Population Growth
Explaining the Fertility Transition
Appendix: A More Formal Description of the Total Fertility Rate, Life Expectancy, and Net Rate of Reproduction

Chapter 5. Future Population Trends
Forecasting Population
The Economic Consequences of Demographic Change

Chapter 6. Human Capital
Human Capital in the Form of Health
Human Capital in the Form of Education
How Much of the Variation in Income Across Countries Does Education Explain?

Part III. Productivity

Chapter 7. Measuring Productivity
Productivity in the Production Function
Differences in the Level of Productivity Among Countries
Differences in the Growth Rate of Productivity Among Countries

Chapter 8. The Role of Technology in Growth
The Nature of Technological Progress
Modeling the Relationship Between Technology Creation and Growth
Barriers to International Technology Transfer
Mathematical Appendix:
  • Incorporating Technological Progress into the Solow Model
  • Steady State
  • The Effect of a Change in Technology Growth

Chapter 9. The Cutting Edge of Technology
The Pace of Technological Change
The Technology Production Function
Differential Technological Progress
Mathematical Appendix: An Improved Version of the Technology Production Function

Chapter 10. Efficiency
Decomposing Productivity into Technology and Efficiency
Differences in Efficiency: Case Studies
Types of Inefficiency
Mathematical Appendix: Sectoral Reallocation and the Growth Rate of Aggregate Productivity

Chapter 11. Growth in the Open Economy
Autarky Versus Openness
The Effect of Openness on Economic Growth
Openness and Factor Accumulation
Openness and Productivity
Opposition to Openness

Part IV. Fundamentals

Chapter 12. Government
Defining Government’s Proper Role in the Economy
How Government Affects Growth
Why Governments Do Things That Are Bad for Growth
Why Poor Countries Have Bad Governments

Chapter 13. Income Inequality
Income Inequality: The Facts
Sources of Income Inequality
Effect of Income Inequality on Economic Growth
Beyond Income Distribution: Economic Mobility

Chapter 14. Culture
The Effect of Culture on Economic Growth
What Determines Culture?
Cultural Change

Chapter 15. Geography, Climate, and Natural Resources
Natural Resources

Chapter 16. Resources and the Environment at the Global Level
Natural Resource Concepts
Incorporating Natural Resources into the Analysis of Economic Growth
Growth and the Environment
Mathematical Appendix: Technological Improvement Versus Resource Depletion

Part V. Conclusion

Chapter 17. What We Have Learned and Where We Are Headed
What We Have Learned
What the Future Holds
A Final Thought

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