Table of contents for The elusive quest for growth : economists' adventures and misadventures in the tropics / William Easterly.


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I Why Growth Matters 1
1 To Help the Poor 5
Intermezzo: In Search of a River  16
II Panaceas That Failed  21
2 Aid for Investment 25
Intermezzo: Parmila 45
3 Solow's Surprise: Investment Is Not the Key to Growth 47
Intermezzo: Dry Cornstalks 70
4  Educated for What?  71
Intermezzo: Without a Refuge  85
5 Cash for Condoms? 87
Intermezzo: Tomb Paintings 99
6 The Loans That Were, the Growth That Wasn't 101
Intermezzo: Leila's Story  121



7  Forgive Us Our Debts  123
Intermezzo: Cardboard House  138
III People Respond to Incentives  141
8  Tales of Increasing Returns: Leaks, Matches, and Traps  145
Intermezzo: War and Memory  170
9  Creative Destruction: The Power of Technology  171
Intermezzo: Accident in Jamaica  193
10 Under an Evil Star  195
Intermezzo: Favela Life  215
11 Governments Can Kill Growth 217
Intermezzo: Florence and Veronica  240
12 Corruption and Growth  241
Intermezzo: Discrimination in Palanpur  253
13 Polarized Peoples  255
Intermezzo: Violent for Centuries  282
14 Conclusion: The View from Lahore  285
Notes   293
References and Further Reading  313
Index   335