A Guide to Further Reading

More...Knowledge Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations appeared in 2006 without a bibliography,rendering it more suitable to airplane reading than classroom use. That is not such a bad thing for a book about technical economics. (The British Wallpaper guidebook series breveted it “best long-haul read” last year.) But  the fact is that Knowledge has many potential classroom uses. 

On the jump, please find a guide to further reading in the rapidly developing literature of growth economics:


Three excellent books for companion reading are:

 Introduction to Economic Growth, Charles I. Jones, W.W. Norton, 1st edition, 1998, 2nd edition, 2002

The New Division of Labor:  How Computers Are Creating the Next Job Market, Frank Levy and Richard J. Murnane, Princeton University Press, 2004

The Mystery of Economic Growth, Elhanan Helpman, Harvard University Press, 2004


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Daron Acemoglu’s Home Page: http://econ-www.mit.edu/faculty/acemoglu/

Charles Jones Home Page: http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~chad/

Paul Romer’s Home Page: http://www.stanford.edu/~promer/

Economic Growth Resources: http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Economics/Growth/

Against Intellectual Property, Michelle Boldrin and David Levine’s Home Page: http://www.dklevine.com/general/intellectual/against.htm


Other textbooks include:

Economic Growth, Robert J. Barro and Xavier Sala-I-Martin, 1st edition, McGraw Hill, 1995;  2nd edition, MIT  Press, 2004

The Theory of Externalities, Public Goods and Club Goods, Richard Cornes and Todd Sandler, Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 1996

Endogenous Growth Theory, Philippe Aghion and Peter Howitt, MIT Press, 1998

Technology, Growth and Development: An Induced Innovation Perspective, Vernon Ruttan, Oxford University Press, 2001

Economic Growth, David N. Weil, Pearson/Addison Wesley, 2005

Introduction to Modern Economic Growth, Daron Acemoglu, forthcoming, http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/259

 “The Story of Economics,” Chapter 30, Macroeconomics, Olivier Blanchard, 5th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2007.

Other sources, arranged chronologically:

Growth Economics: a Reader, edited by Amartya Sen, Penguin Books, 1960

The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity: Economic and Social Factors, edited by Richard R. Nelson, National Bureau of Economic Research, Princeton University Press, 1962

Economic Growth and Structure: Selected Essays, Simon Kuznets, W.W. Norton, 1965

Essays on the Theory of Optimal Economic Growth, edited by Karl Shell, MIT Press, 1967

Invention, Growth and Welfare: A Theoretical Treatment of Technological Change, William D. Nordhaus, MIT Press, 1969.

Growth Theory:  An Exposition, Robert Solow, Oxford University Press, 1st edition, 1970; 2nd edition, 2000

Patents, Invention and Economic Change, Jacob Schmookler, Harvard University Press, 1972

Technological Choice, Innovation and Economic Growth:  Essays on American and British Experience in the Nineteeth Century, Paul A. David, Cambridge University Press, 1975

Dynamic Economics, Burton H. Klein, Harvard University Press, 1977

Accounting for Slower Economic Growth: The United States in the 1970s, Edward F. Denison, The Brookings Institution, 1979

Structure and Change in Economic History, Douglass C. North, W.W. Norton, 1981

The Rise and Decline of Nations, Mancur Olson, Yale University Press, 1982

An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change, Richard R. Nelson and Sidney G. Winter, Harvard University Press, 1982

Inside the Black Box:  Technology and Economics, Nathan Rosenberg, Cambridge University Press, 1982

“Dynamic Competitive Equilibria with Externalities, Increasing Returns and Unbounded Growth,” Paul Michael Romer, Dissertation, University of Chicago

Innovation and Growth: Schumpeterian Perspectives, F.M Scherer, MIT Press, 1984

Economic History and the Modern Economist, edited by William Parker, Basil Blackwell, 1986

Technology, Education and Productivity, Zvi Griliches, Basil Blackwell, 1988

The Sources of Innovation, Eric von Hippel, Oxford University Press, 1988

Thinking About Growth: and Other Easays on Economic Growth and Welfare, Moses Abramovitz, 1989

Productivity and American Leadership: the Long View, William J. Baumol, Sue Anne Batey Blackman and Edward N. Wolff, MIT Press, 1989

The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress, Joel Mokyr, Oxford University Press, 1990

Growth, Productivity, Unemployment: Essays to Celebrate Bob Solow’s Birthday, edited by Peter Diamond, MIT Press, 1990

Theorists of Economic Growth from David Hume to the Present; With a Perspective on the Next Century, W.W. Rostow, Oxford University Press, 1990

The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Michael Porter, The Free Press, 1990

Restoring Economic Equilibrium, Theodore W. Schultz, Basil Blackwell, 1990

Technology and the Wealth of Nations, edited by Nathan Rosenberg, Ralph Landau and David C. Mowery, Stanford University Press, 1992

The Return to Increasing Returns, edited by James Buchanan and Yong J. Yoon, University of Michigan Press, 1994

Increasing Returns and Path Dependence in the Economy, W. Brian Arthur, foreward by Kenneth J. Arrow, University of Michigan Press, 1994

“New Growth Theory Symposium,” with articles by Paul Romer, Gene M. Grossman and Elhanan Helpman, Robert Solow and Howard Pack,  Journal of Economic Perspectives, , Winter, 1994

Development, Geography and Economic Theory, Paul Krugman, MIT Press, 1995

Productivity:  Post-War U.S. Economic Growth, Dale W. Jorgenson, MIT Press, 1995

Economic Growth:  Theory and Evidence, edited by Gene M. Grossman, 2 vol., Edward Elgar, 1996

The Sources of Economic Growth, Richard Nelson, Harvard University Press, 1996

The Economic Laws of Scientific Research, Terence Kealy, MacMillan Press, 1996

The Economics of New Goods, edited by Timothy F. Bresnahan and Robert J. Gordon,  National Bureau of Economic Research, University of Chicago Press, 1997

Big Business and the Wealth of Nations, edited by Alfred Chandler, Jr, Franco Amatori and Takashi Hiniko, Cambridge University Press, 1997

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations:  Why Some Nations are So Rich and Some So Poor, David Landes, W.W. Norton, 1998

New Perspectives on Economic Growth and Technological Innovation, F.M. Sherer, Brookings Institution Press, 1999

Conversations with Leading Economists: Interpreting Modern Macroeconomics, Brian Snowdon and Howard R. Vane, Edward Elgar, 1999

R&D, Education and Productivity: A Retrospective, Zvi Griliches, Harvard University Press, 2000

Barriers to Riches, Stephen L. Parente and Edward C. Prescott, MIT Press, 2000

The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses, Amar V. Bhide, Oxford University Press, 2000

Lectures on Economic Growth, Robert Lucas, Harvard University Press, 2002

The Gifts of Athena:  Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy, Joel Mokyr, Princeton University Press, 2002

 The Free Market Innovation Machine: Analyzing the Growth Miracle of Capitaslism, William J. Baumol, Princeton University Press, 2002

Innovation and its Discontents: How Our Broken Patent System is Endangering Innovation and Progress, and What to Do about It, Adam B. Jaffe and Josh Lerner, Princeton University Press, 2004

Handbook of Economic Growth, Philippe Aghion and Stephen Durlauf, editors, Elsevier, 2005, esp. “Growth and Ideas,” C.I. Jones, http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~chad/JonesHandbook2005.pdf

Understanding the Process of Economic Change, Douglass C. North, Princeton University Press, 2005

Philosophies of development aid:

How It All Began:  Origins of the Modern Economy, W.W. Rostow, McGraw-Hill, 1975

How the West Grew Rich: The Economic Transformation of the Industrial World, Nathan Rosenberg and L.E. Birdzell, Basic Books, 1986

Development as Freedom, Amartya Sen, Knopf, 1999

The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics, William Easterly, MIT Press, 2001

Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets, John McMillan, W.W. Norton, 2002

Globalization and Its Discontents, Joseph E. Stigliz, W.W. Norton, 2002

The Birth of Plenty:  How the Prosperity of the Modern World Was Created, William Bernstein, McGraw-Hill, 2004

Why Globalization Works, Martin Wolf, Yale University Press, 2004

Helping People Help Themselves:  From the World Bank to an Alternative Philosophy of Development Assistance, David Ellerman, University of Michigan Press, 2005

In Defense of Globalization, Jagdish Bhagwati, Oxford University Press, 2005

The End of Poverty:  Economic Possibilities for our Time, Jeffrey D. Sachs, foreward by Bono, Penguin Books, 2005

Reviving the Invisible Hand:  The Case for Classical Liberalism in the Twenty First Century, Deepak Lal, Princeton University Press, 2006

Escape from Empire: The Developing World’s Journey through Heaven and Hell, Alice Amsden, MIT Press, 2007

The Entrepreneurial Society, David Audretsch, Oxford University Press, 2007

A Farewell to Alms:  A Brief Economic History of the World, Gregory Clark, Princeton University Press, 2007

An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Economic Growth, Indermit Gill and Homi Kharas, The World Bank, 2007

Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism: and the Economics of Growth and Prosperity, J. Baumol, Robert E. Litan, and Carl J. Schramm, Yale University Press, 2007

One Economics, Many Recipes:  Globalization, Institutions and Economic Growth, Dani Rodrik, Princeton University Press, 2007

Histories of economic thought:

A History of Economic Theory: Classic Contributions, 1720-1980, Jurg Niehans, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990

History of Economic Thought, Harry Landreth and David C. Colander, Houghton Mifflin Co., 3rd edition, 1994

Secret Origins of Modern Microeconomics: Dupuit and the Engineers, Robert D. Ekelund and Robert E. Hebert, University of Chicago Press, 1999

How Economics Became a Mathematical Science, E. Roy Weintraub, Duke University Press, 2002

Parallax journalistic views:

The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy, Diane Coyle, Capstone, 1997

The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution is Changing Our Lives, Frances Cairncross,  Harvard Business School Press, 1997

Why Economies Grow: The Forces that Shape Prosperity and How to Get Them Working Again, Jeff Madrick, Basic Books, 2002

The Weightless Society, Charles Leadbeater, Texere, 2000

Next: The Future Just Happened, Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton, 2001

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Thomas L. Friedman, Farar, Straus & Giroux, 2005

The Origin of Wealth:  Evolution, Complexity and the Radical Re-making of Economics, Eric Beinhocker, Harvard Business School Press, 2006

The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters, Diane Coyle, Princeton University Press, 2007 








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