Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More

Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More

by Charles Kenny

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As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. Getting Better, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty -- and even happiness.

Kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has transformed the world. He also shows that by understanding this transformation, we can make the world an even better place to live.

That's not to say that life is grand for everyone, or that we don't have a long way to go. But improvements have spread far, and, according to Kenny, they can spread even further.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465032884
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 397 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Kenny, previously a senior economist at the World Bank, is now a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek and Foreign Policy magazines. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition Bill Gates ix

Prologue xiii

1 Abandoning Hope 1

2 The Bad News: Diverging Incomes 15

3 The Worse News: It's Hard to Raise Growth Rates 25

4 The Good News: The End of the Malthusian Trap 53

5 The Better News: The Great Convergence in Quality of Life 71

6 The Great News: The Best Things in Life Are Cheap 93

7 Drivers of the Better Life: Innovation and Ideas 113

8 Policies for Quality of Life 149

9 The Global Agenda 175

10 Conclusion: Realistic Optimism 201

Acknowledgments 207

Notes 209

Bibliography 219

Index 235

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