Here are some excellent sources of information on economic growth, growth research, history, and historical macroeconomic data.
Bristol. This website is maintained by Professor Jonathan Temple at the University of Bristol.
Word Bank. This website was until recently maintained by dr. William Easterly at the World Bank.
Groningen. This website features a useful database that includes, among other things, figures for GNP per hour worked.
History of Economic Thought. This website is maintained by the New School of Social Research in New York.
Historical data. This website is maintained by the University of Rhode Island.
Selected books on growth
Growth Theory: An Exposition by Robert M. Solow (Oxford University
A classic work that now includes new material on endogenous growth.
Theory of Economic Growth by W. Arthur Lewis (George Allen and Unwin,
A beautiful book by someone who understood all along that growth is but of course endogenous.
Economic Growth by Robert Barro and Xavier Sala-i-Martin (McGraw-Hill,
1995; 2nd ed. 2003).
A path-breaking graduate text with considerable empirical content
Endogenous Growth Theory by Philippe Aghion and Peter Howitt (MIT Press,
A brilliant theoretical treatise in the spirit of Schumpeter, intended for graduate students
Theories of Economic Growth
from David Hume to the Present, by W. W. Rostow (Oxford University
A detailed account of the doctrinal history of economic growth
Introduction to Economic Growth by Charles I. Jones (W. W. Norton, 1998;
2nd ed. 2002).
An excellent textbook for undergraduate students of economics
Economic Growth by David N. Weil (Addison Wesley, 2005).
Another excellent textbook for undergraduate students of economics
Development Economics by Debraj Ray (Princeton University Press, 1998).
Yet another excellent textbook for undergraduate as well as graduate students of economic development
The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the
Tropics by William Easterly (MIT Press, 2001).
An interesting book by the World Bank's — former! — chief growth research economist
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey D.
Sachs (Penguin Press, 2005).
A hard-hitting and heart-felt plea for greatly increased aid to developing countries by one of the world's most influential economists
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