The Next Convergence by Michael Spence
The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World

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With the British Industrial Revolution, part of the world’s population started to experience extraordinary economic growth—leading to enormous gaps in wealth and living standards between the industrialized West and the rest of the world. This pattern of divergence reversed after World War II, and now we are midway through a century of high and accelerating growth in the developing world and a new convergence with the advanced countries—a trend that is set to reshape the world.

Michael Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, explains what happened to cause this dramatic shift in the prospects of the five billion people who live in developing countries. The growth rates are extraordinary, and continuing them presents unprecedented challenges in governance, international coordination, and ecological sustainability. The implications for those living in the advanced countries are great but little understood.

Spence clearly and boldly describes what’s at stake for all of us as he looks ahead to how the global economy will develop over the next fifty years. The Next Convergence is certain to spark a heated debate how best to move forward in the post-crisis period and reset the balance between national and international economic interests, and short-term fixes and long-term sustainability.


About Michael Spence

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Michael Spence is a Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business at New York University, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and was the chairman of the independent Commission on Growth and Development. Winner of the Nobel 2001 Prize in Economic Sciences, he lives in California and Italy.
Published May 10, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 320 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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Foreign Affairs

Although this was unclear at the outset, the world now finds itself just past the midpoint in a century-long process in which income levels in developing countries have been converging toward those in developed countries.

Feb 10 2014 | Read Full Review of The Next Convergence: The Fut...

Yahoo! Finance

By 1950, Spence writes, "the average incomes of people living in these countries had risen twenty times, from about $500 per year to over $10,000 per year."

Aug 15 2011 | Read Full Review of The Next Convergence: The Fut...

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