The NBER Reporter 2011 Number 3: Books
Understanding Long-Run Economic Growth: Geography, Institutions, and the Knowledge Economy
Understanding Long-Run Economic Growth: Geography, Institutions, and the Knowledge Economy, edited by Dora L. Costa and Naomi R. Lamoreaux, is available this fall. The price of this NBER Conference Report is $110.00.
The conditions for sustainable growth and development are among the most debated topics in economics, and the consensus is that institutions matter greatly in explaining why some economies are more successful than others over time. Probing the long-term effects of early colonial differences on immigration policy, land distribution, and financial development in a variety of settings, this volume explores the relationship between economic conditions, growth, and inequality, with a focus on how the use of resources by the political elite may limit incentives for others to invest in human capital or technological discovery. Among the topics discussed in this book are the development of credit markets in France, the evolution of transportation companies in the United Kingdom and the United States, and the organization of innovation in the United States.
Costa is Director of the NBER's Cohort Studies Working Group, a professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and associate director of the California Population Research Center. Lamoreaux is a Research Associate in the NBER's Program on the Development of the American Economy and a Professor of Economics and History at Yale University.
Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs
Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs, edited by Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig, and Justin McCrary, is available this fall. The price of this NBER Conference Report is $110.00.
Expenditures on criminal justice have more than doubled since the 1980s, dramatically increasing the costs to the public. With state and local revenue shortfalls becoming common, the question of whether crime control can be accomplished with fewer resources, or by investing those resources in areas other than the criminal justice system, has become all the more relevant. Controlling Crime considers alternative ways to reduce crime without sacrificing public safety. The topics considered in this volume include: criminal justice system reform; social policy; and government policies affecting alcohol abuse, drugs, and private crime prevention.
All three editors of this volume co-direct the NBER's Working Group on the Economics of Crime. Cook is the ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and a senior dean for faculty and research at Duke University. Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago and director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. McCrary is a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley.
NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2010
NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2010, edited by Richard H. Clarida and Francesco Giavazzi, is available for $90.00 in the clothbound version and $50.00 for the paperback.
In June 2010, the International Seminar on Macroeconomics (ISOM) met in Amsterdam. As it has done every year since 1978, ISOM convened a group of about thirty European and American economists to study a variety of topics defined very broadly within macroeconomics. The eight papers in this volume cover fiscal policy, monetary policy, global business cycles, and studies on the recent financial crisis.
Clarida and Giavazzi are Research Associates in the NBER's Program on International Finance and Macroeconomics. Clarida is also the C. Lowell Harriss Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University. Giavazzi is a professor of economics at Bocconi University in Milan, a regular Visiting Professor at MIT, and a fellow of the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research.