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• Does investing in health raise economic growth? • Can governments achieve rapid growth or high incomes without investing in health? • What are the options and benefits of different analytic approaches to measuring the causal link between health and growth? • Have medical advances influenced life expectancy levels? • Do health investments lead to higher individual productivity? • Why are investments in early childhood development and... more...

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 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... more...

It is essential to examine both the concept of intellectual property and the reasons why a legal system might incorporate such a concept. We are increasingly told that the wealth of nations, consists in "intangible assets," which include the products of human creativity, ingenuity and effort. It is frequently argued that these assets represent the future of the developed economies and that their adequate protection by the intellectual property regimes... more...

• Why is productivity higher in cities? • Does urbanization cause growth or does growth cause urbanization? • Do countries achieve rapid growth or high incomes without urbanization? • How can policy makers reap the benefits of urbanization without paying too high a cost? • Does supporting urbanization imply neglecting rural areas? • Why do so few governments welcome urbanization? • What should governments do to improve housing conditions... more...

What were the causes of the financial and economic crises of 2008-2009? What intellectual and policy mistakes prevented academics and policymakers from anticipating the crisis? What is the future of financial regulation—both domestic and international? What role did global macroeconomic imbalances play in the run-up to the crisis? What is the future of the export-led growth model and what are the implications for developing countries? To what extent... more...