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The Power of Productivity: Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global Stability

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The disparity between rich and poor countries is the most serious, intractable problem facing the world today. The chronic poverty of many nations affects more than the citizens and economies of those nations; it threatens global stability as the pressures of immigration become unsustainable and rogue nations seek power and influence through extreme political and terrorist ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 16th 2004 by University of Chicago Press (first published 2004)
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Chris
May 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
An extremely academic and dry read with minimal insight into the author's arguments about the premise of productivity and its contribution to a healthy functioning economy. It seems Lewis' work is simply a vehicle for endorsing free market capitalism and global free markets, but some of his research findings tend to go against those principles. There are some really interesting bits of information that Lewis provides, that may offer the amateur economist some better understanding of what element ...more
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Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting economic analysis focused on economic growth around the world. The author takes a microeconomic view of growth and shares the insights of his research in a very reader friendly way.

I enjoyed the book and I caught its message, even though the writing was a little rough.
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“...the road, rail, and port systems are so bad that poor countries cannot develop the scale of operations necessary to achieve high productivity.” 2 likes
“The bigger story was competition causing more productive business enterprises to replace less productive ones...However, it provides even more reason to worry about all the people living in economies where protection and distortion of competition allow unproductive enterprises to persist and cause these people to fall further behind, but even more importantly, to remain in poverty.” 2 likes
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