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
3 May 2017
Illicit financial flows (IFF) from developing countries are increasing and the numbers are large; approximately 1 trillion US$ in outflows was estimated in 2014 alone.
21 Mar 2017
What is new and different about development as it goes more global today?
21 Dec 2016
New report evaluates Norway’s effort to curtail tax evasion: acceptable work in some areas, but completely fails in the field of tax treaties. – Norwegian tax treaties are directly harmful to developing countries, according to the report from Eurodad.
Publications about economic growth
2017'After more than 20 years in the European Economic Area (EEA), it may look as if this remains the solution for Norway – part of the EU's single market but not an actual EU member state. There is no great political push to change Norway's status for now but there are still debates on the...
: NUPI Working Paper
2017This paper reviews two strands of literature. The first is on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and growth. The increasing role of ICTs came together with stagnating growth rates in many countries. This has been denoted the Solow paradox. During the dot-com era from the mid-1990s, many believed...
: NUPI Report
2016The importance of digital technology underpins most of the social, economic and political development goals of most donor countries and international organisations today. Cyber Security Capacity Building (CCB), an approach aimed at advancing, cultivating and encouraging growth and stability in...
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.