The 12 Most Popular Development Economics Books

  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 [Read online]
    StrengthsFinder 2.0To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents. Available exclusively in StrengthsFinder 2. 0: (using the unique access code included with each book) * A new and upgraded edition of the StrengthsFinder assessment * A personalized Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide for applying your strengths in the next week, month, and year * A more customized version of your top five theme report * 50 Ideas for Action (10 strategies for building on each of your top five themes).
  • Capital in the Twenty First Century [Read online]
    Capital in the Twenty First CenturyIn Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. But economic trends are not acts of God. A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.
  • Half the Sky: How to Change the World [Read online]
    Half the Sky: How to Change the WorldAn old Chinese proverb says “Women hold up half the sky. ” Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses. Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances—and some succeed against all odds.
  • Development as Freedom [Read online]
  • Development as FreedomSocial institutions like markets, political parties, legislatures, the judiciary, and the media contribute to development by enhancing individual freedom and are in turn sustained by social values. Values, institutions, development, and freedom are all closely interrelated, and Sen links them together in an elegant analytical framework. ‘ and by incorporating individual freedom as a social commitment into his analysis Sen allows economics once again, as it did in the time of Adam Smith, to address the social basis of individual well-being and freedom.
  • Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet [Read online]
    Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite PlanetIs more economic growth the solution. In this explosive book, Tim Jackson -a top sustainability adviser to the UK government- makes a compelling case against continued economic growth in developed nations. Economic heresy.
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials) [Read online]
    Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials)Throughout, the authors asked: “What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history. . achieving visionary status.
  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer [Read online]
    Thinking in Systems: A PrimerThinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.
  • Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa [Read online]
    Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for AfricaA national bestseller, Dead Aid unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined―and millions continue to suffer. Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers, Dambisa Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world’s poorest countries.
  • Poor Economics [Read online]
    Poor EconomicsBillions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and NGOs, are dedicated to helping the worlds poor. Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials (RCTs) in development economics through their award-winning Poverty Action Lab.