Why do some countries get richer while others remain poor? Research on economic growth and development has investigated this question for several decades.
There are many explanations for the persisting disparities in income per capita among countries in the world economy. Different fields of research focus on the relevance of different factors – ranging from physical capital, human capital, social capital, technology and innovation, natural resources, and international trade, to the quality of national institutions and policies. While all these factors certainly matter, it is far from clear how they interact with each other. The ‘mystery of economic growth’ has not been solved: it will continue to engage students, researchers and policymakers in the years to come.
News about economic growth
9 May 2018
New book on Taxation in Africa by Mick Moore (ICTD), Wilson Prichard (ICTD) and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (CMI).
2 May 2018
– Illicit economies pitch the advantages of borderless transport, communications and financial flows against legal systems that remain bound by the confines of the Westphalian nation state. What to do?
Publications about economic growth
: NUPI Report
2018This report provides an overview and analysis of some key issues pertaining to the political economy of Ethiopia in a historical perspective. The continuous rule of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) since 1991 has advanced a revolutionary democracy founded on the idea that...
Research projects about economic growth
2014 - 2015 (Completed)
The aim of the project is to contribute to fostering debate and knowledge about institutional and economic reform in Cuba in light of experiences from other countries.
2005 - 2008 (Completed)
The project studies the methods used for measuring poverty and comparing real income in various countries, particularly methods that are used to adjust for differing price levels.