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The Power of a Single NumberA Political History of GDP

The Power of a Single Number: A Political History of GDP

Philipp Lepenies

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231175104
eISBN:
9780231541435
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175104.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Widely used since the mid-twentieth century, GDP (gross domestic product) has become the world’s most powerful statistical indicator of national development and progress. Practically all governments ... More

Rethinking Investment IncentivesTrends and Policy Options

Rethinking Investment Incentives: Trends and Policy Options

Ana Teresa Tavares-Lehmann, Perrine Toledano, Lise Johnson, and Lisa Sachs (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231172981
eISBN:
9780231541640
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172981.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Governments often use direct subsidies or tax credits to encourage investment and promote economic growth and other development objectives. Properly designed and implemented, these incentives can ... More

Too Little, Too LateThe Quest to Resolve Sovereign Debt Crises

Too Little, Too Late: The Quest to Resolve Sovereign Debt Crises

Martin Guzman, José Antonio Ocampo, and Joseph E. Stiglitz (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231179263
eISBN:
9780231542029
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231179263.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Macro- and Monetary Economics

The current approach to resolving sovereign debt crises does not work: sovereign debt restructurings come too late and address too little. Though unresolved debt crises impose enormous costs on ... More

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