En busca del crecimiento. Front Cover. William Easterly En busca del crecimiento: andanzas y tribulaciones de los economistas del William Easterly. William Easterly. · Rating details · 1, ratings · 67 reviews. Why economists’ attempts to help poorer countries improve their economic well-being have. The Paperback of the En Busca Del Crecimiento by William Easterly at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Jul 10, Hayley Smith-Kirkham rated it it was ok Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s one of those books that really makes you think. Even rn than that, it explained it in such a way that it was easy to make your own conclusions when applying it to other scenarios. For one, education cannot explain the gap between rich and poor countries otherwise capital would move to educated workers in poor countries, in reality educated workers in poor countries move to rich countries to work with capital there.

A lot of what I thought was wrong with economic development in third-world nations has been thrown out the window. It explained many problems with the way we try to aid the poor. Easterly is more concerned with witticisms than he is in a full-fledged analysis of the principles of growth. This book one was written before “White Man’s Burden” which I read first and really enjoyed; particularly because at that point I easterlly only read very pro-development books.

Easterly’s work is a thorough and engaging account of failed attempts to develop around the world and remains approachable for the non-economist. Why economists’ attempts to eaasterly poorer countries improve their economic well-being have failed. The brief stories of real families living in poverty interspersed between the chapters were interesting, and helped break up the analysis and bring the focus back to the individuals this field of work is meant to help.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Minus one star for spending way too many pages on the “panaceas that failed” section. If you are interested in economics, or how the world works you should read this. There is no one magic bullet and poverty alleviation requires the collaboration of actors on many levels–local, national and international–if we are to succeed.


This is the first book I read from W.

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Quite a few times the book presents original research that has never been published or replicated, which I am biased against. Easterly reminds us just how new in relative terms the field of development economics is and how much we vel do not know. It’s a book intended for a general audience, a “The End of Poverty” counterweight for the skeptical crowd although I hear “White Man’s Burden” is even more in this directionso it won’t satisfy policy wonks or econometrics geeks, unless you view it purely as an exercise to demonstrate our own igno If you’ve studied development economics in the last half decade, none of the stuff in this book will be crecimmiento to you.

As such he has experience from the kitchen that allows him to summarize what has been done This is the first book I read from W. Easterly first discusses the importance of growth.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Since both are decent writers the concepts they expre This is an outstanding book. He has worked in most areas of the developing world, most heavily in Africa, Latin America, and Russia. All of the incentives of a market economy point toward increasing investment and output rather than decreasing employment; otherwise some extremely dumb factory owners are foregoing profit opportunities.

Oct 06, Michelle rated it really liked it.

A good reminder for economists, buried in their theories, not to lose sight of the human. Luddites confuse the shift of employment from old to new technologies with an overall decline in employment. The solution to growth is increasing returns to knowledge. Easterly is also a talented communicator and aptly mixes anecdote and humor with economic analysis. Easterly’s The Elusive Quest for Growth is something akin to a starting point for the whole s popular development literature.


I was reluctant to read evidence against human capital investment and debt forgiveness, but Easterly did a great job of showing how these things simply haven’t been effective at helping the world’s poor. Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics MIT,3 other co-edited books, and 59 articles in refereed economics journals.

Leaves some holes – most notably, makes some logical leaps that assume causality, rather than proving it Feb 24, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: English government officials, after careful study, addressed the Luddites’ concern by hanging fourteen of them in January Lots of examples but not a whole lot of actions to take.

These arguments are exemplified by economic historian Mokyr in the English loss as technological leader after the industrial revolution. Easterly doesn’t tout some magical solution to the problems, but guides you along the journey that has been taken and many of the reasons why things haven’t been working.

Next the Solow model of technology is dismantled. Unquestionably the best book I’ve read all year. A nice primer on development economics circa Is there anything we can learn from History? If you’re interested at all in thinking about why things operate the way they do in the economy, this is worth a read.

Return to Book Page. As is common in the ‘scientific’ economic literature, a berating of ‘do-gooders’ is obligatory, and Easterly doesn’t shy from his hard-nosed dismissal of anyone he thinks is silly enough to ignore the universal law of unintended consequences or the economic rationality of every decision humans make.

The brief stories eastetly real families living in poverty interspersed between the chapters were interesting, and helped break Leaves some holes – most notably, makes some logical leaps that assume causality, rather than proving it