Why Economies Grow by Jeff Madrick
The Forces That Shape Prosperity and How We Can Get Them Working Again

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The forces that shape economic growth:--The size of markets. Large markets make economies of scale possible and thus encourage saving, investing, and the development of new products.--The availability of information and the literacy of the population. The spread of information gives people access to scientific and technical ideas, products, and productive farming, manufacturing, and marketing techniques.--Natural resources. These seem like primary requirements but are not: they depend on markets for their commercial value.--Surplus capital--savings--that can be used as investment.--Basic economic rights such as guarantees of property and contracts.--Entrepreneurialism, creativity, and the human drive for self-improvement.--Technology and invention. While commonly seen as primary (or even the only) requirements for growth, these are strongly dependent on other factors.
 

About Jeff Madrick

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Formerly the financial editor of BusinessWeek, Jeffrey Madrick is a monthly columnist for the New York Times "Economic Scene" and a frequent essayist for the New York Review of Books. A contributor of opinion pieces to the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, he has also appeared as a guest on CNN, CNBC, NPR, and PBS's "Charlie Rose Show.
 
Published October 16, 2002 by Basic Books. 256 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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