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 Jul 2018
- Ingrid Hjertaker
Increasing attention has been given to the way tax regimes affect women’s lives. Not only is capital flight now considered in a human rights perspective, taxation policies are also becoming relevant for gender equality issues and women’s rights.
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
2018How does digitalisation lead to new kinds of global connections and disconnections in the Global South? And what are the pitfalls that accompany this development? Much of the policy literature on digitalisation and development has focused on the importance of connecting developing countries to digital...
2018Somalia has been without a central authority for more than a quarter century. An entire generation is growing up without experiencing stability and security, basic human rights, and economic prosperity. There is no functioning central government with authority over the entire country, extreme weather...
2018Haiti is governed by a small economic elite and the majority of its poor and marginalized population has no access to power. This report analyses the historical roots of the deep socio-economic and political cleavage in Haiti and the consequences of repeated cycles of foreign interference, economic liberalization...
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.