Getting Better

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-12-04
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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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.

Author Biography

Charles Kenny is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, and on leave as a Senior Economist at the World Bank. Kenny is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and has written for Time, Businessweek, Washington Monthly, The Guardian and the Globalist, among others. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Editionp. ix
Prologuep. xiii
Abandoning Hopep. 1
The Bad News: Diverging Incomesp. 15
The Worse News: It's Hard to Raise Growth Ratesp. 25
The Good News: The End of the Malthusian Trapp. 53
The Better News: The Great Convergence in Quality of Lifep. 71
The Great News: The Best Things in Life Are Cheapp. 93
Drivers of the Better Life: Innovation and Ideasp. 113
Policies for Quality of Lifep. 149
The Global Agendap. 175
Conclusion: Realistic Optimismp. 201
Acknowledgmentsp. 207
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 235
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