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Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More

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As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. Getting Better, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness. Kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has transformed the world. He also shows that by understanding this transformation, we can make the world an even better place to live. That's not to say that life is grand for everyone, or that we don't have a long way to go. But improvements have spread far, and, according to Kenny, they can spread even further.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. PROLOGUE
  4. ONE - ABANDONING HOPE
  5. TWO - THE BAD NEWS
    1. THE MANY PITFALLS OF MEASURING INCOME
    2. THE GROWTH OF GLOBAL INCOME
    3. INCOME DIVERGENCE
    4. STICKY INCOMES
    5. POVERTY IS HISTORY?
  6. THREE - THE WORSE NEWS
    1. THE HISTORY OF GROWTH THEORY
    2. WHEN MODELS FACE THE REAL WORLD
    3. THE ALCHEMY OF GROWTH ANALYSIS
    4. WHY DON’T THE MODELS WORK?
    5. INSTITUTIONS: STICKY TECHNOLOGIES
    6. HISTORY, INSTITUTIONS, AND THE DETERMINANTS OF MODERN WEALTH
    7. A LONG-TERM ROLE FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION?
    8. THE AFRICAN GROWTH EXPERIENCE IN CONTEXT
  7. FOUR - THE GOOD NEWS
    1. MALTHUS’S INSIGHT: THE MASSES ARE SEX-OBSESSED BREEDING MACHINES
    2. HISTORICAL EVIDENCE FOR MALTHUSIAN TRAPS
    3. THE WORLDWIDE ESCAPE FROM LIMITS TO OUTPUT
    4. THE TRAP FALLS APART
    5. NEO-MALTHUSIANISM
    6. INNOVATION AND UNCERTAINTY
  8. FIVE - THE BETTER NEWS
    1. THE TARGET(S) OF DEVELOPMENT
    2. CONVERGENCE IN GLOBAL HEALTH
    3. CONVERGENCE IN EDUCATION
    4. POLITICAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS
    5. VIOLENCE
    6. CONVERGENCE IN OTHER INDICATORS
    7. LIFE IS FAR FROM PERFECT—BUT IT IS BETTER
  9. SIX - THE GREAT NEWS
    1. INCOME MATTERS TO QUALITY OF LIFE
    2. IS QUALITY OF LIFE GETTING CHEAPER?
    3. LIFE DURING GROWTH
    4. A WEAK RELATIONSHIP—OR JUST BAD DATA?
    5. THE PRICE OF THE GOOD LIFE
  10. SEVEN - DRIVERS OF THE BETTER LIFE
    1. GLOBAL PATTERNS OF CHANGE IN QUALITY OF LIFE
    2. THE SPREAD OF TECHNOLOGIES
    3. THE SPREAD OF HEALTHY EATING
    4. SEWAGE, CITIES, AND DISEASE
    5. GOOD HEALTH NEED NOT BE EXPENSIVE
    6. THE DEMAND SIDE OF HEALTH
    7. THE DIFFUSION OF EDUCATION
    8. THE DIFFUSION OF DEMOCRACY
    9. THE GROWING UNACCEPTABILITY OF VIOLENCE
    10. VIRTUOUS CYCLING FOR FREE
    11. FACILITATING THE SPREAD OF IDEAS: URBANIZATION AND COMMUNICATION
    12. GROWING GOVERNMENT
    13. THE TRANSITION TO A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE
  11. EIGHT - POLICIES FOR QUALITY OF LIFE
    1. POLICY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
    2. THE VIRTUOUS CYCLE AND LIMITS TO PROGRESS
    3. IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGH THE SPREAD OF TECHNOLOGY AND IDEAS
    4. PROMOTING DEMAND FOR QUALITY OF LIFE
    5. LIMITS TO TECHNOLOGY AND MARKETING
    6. PAYMENTS FOR PROGRESS
    7. IMPROVING THE SUPPLY OF SERVICES
    8. IMPROVING THE PROTECTION OF LIBERTIES
    9. BETTER VALUE FOR MONEY
  12. NINE - THE GLOBAL AGENDA
    1. WHY BOTHER CARING?
    2. THE SCOPE OF GLOBAL POLICYMAKING
    3. AID AND QUALITY OF LIFE
    4. AID FOR OTHER GOALS
    5. GLOBAL PROJECTS
    6. AIDING THE FIGHT AGAINST NEO-MALTHUSIAN THREATS
    7. AIDING THE RIGHT AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT
  13. TEN - CONCLUSION
  14. Acknowledgements
  15. NOTES
  16. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  17. INDEX
  18. Copyright Page