Handbook of Economic Growth

Edited by

  • Philippe Aghion, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Steven Durlauf, University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI, USA

Volumes 2A and 2B of <span class="italic">The Handbook of Economic Growth</span> summarize recent advances in theoretical and empirical work while offering new perspectives on a range of growth mechanisms, from the roles played by institutions and organizations to the ways factors beyond capital accumulation and technological change can affect growth. Written by research leaders, the chapters summarize and evaluate recent advances while explaining where further research might be profitable. With analyses that are provocative and controversial because they are so directly relevant to public policy and private decision-making, these&nbsp;two volumes uphold the standard for excellence in applied economics set by Volumes 1A and 1B (2005).
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Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
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"Volume 2 is as splendid in its breadth as Volume 1 was admirable in its depth. The excitement, richness, and creativity of the field of economic growth could not have been conveyed more brilliantly."  --Francesco Caselli, London School of Economics

"The literature on economic growth remains as vibrant as ever! Aghion and Durlauf have assembled a great collection of papers testifying to this truth, on topics including the Industrial Revolution, the role of institutions, the interplay between health and growth, globalization, and the stunning growth of China."  --Chad Jones, Stanford University

"An indispensable overview of inspiring recent developments in the field of economic growth, underlying the long shadow of history in comparative economic development." --Oded Galor, Brown University

"We have come to know through the experience of many countries over decades that growth is complex and multi-dimensional.  Volume 2 of the Handbook of Economic Growth is a very useful and comprehensive assessment of our knowledge of growth and its determinants.  By viewing growth through multiple lenses, it  admirably captures the richness of the subject."  --Michael Spence, New York University

Available Volumes


  1. "Culture and Growth." Matthias Doepke (Northwestern University) and Fabrizio Zilibotti (University of Zurich)

  2. "Trust, Institutions, and Economic Development." Yann Algan (Sciences Po) and Pierre Cahuc (Ecole Polytechnique)

  3. "Long term Barriers to Economic Development." Enrico Spolaore (Tufts University) and Romain Wacziarg (University of California, Los Angeles)

  4. "Family Ties." Alberto Alesina (Harvard University) and Paola Giuliano (University of California, Los Angeles)

  5. "Industrial Revolution." Gregory Clark (University of California, Davis)

  6. "Twentieth Century Growth." Kevin O'Rourke (University of Oxford)

  7. "Historical Development." Nathan Nunn (Harvard University)

  8. "Institutions and Growth in Historical Perspective." Sheilgh Ogilvie (University of Cambridge)

  9. "What Do We Learn From Schumpeterian Growth Theory?" Philippe Aghion (Harvard University), Ufuk Akcigit (University of Pennsylvania), and Peter Howitt (Brown University)

  10. "Technology Diffusion: Measurement, Causes, and Consequences." Diego Comin (Harvard University) and Marti Mestieri (Toulouse School of Economics)

  11. "Health and Growth." David Weil (Brown University)

  12. "Regional Growth." Jonathan Temple (University of Bristol), Gianmarco Ottaviano (London School of Economics), and Holger Breinlich (University of Essex)

  13. " The Growth of Cities." Gilles Duranton (University of Pennsylvania) and Diego Puga (Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros)

  14. "Growth and Structural Transformation." Berthold Herrendorf (Arizona State University), Akos Valentinyi (Cardiff Business School), and Richard Rogerson (Princeton University)

  15. "The Chinese Growth Miracle." Yang Yao (Beijing University)

  16. "Growth from Globalization? A View from the Very Long-Run." Christopher Meissner (University of California, Davis)