Economic Growth and Change
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Economic Growth and Change

National and Regional Patterns of Convergence and Divergence

Edited by John Adams and Francesco Pigliaru

The pursuit of economic growth is at the top of every nation’s policy agenda at the end of the 20th century. This authoritative and comprehensive book goes beyond the narrowly-based convergence model of economic growth by considering global, national and regional patterns of growth from a comparative perspective.
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  John Adams and Francesco Pigliaru  On 19–21 June 1997, the Centre for North–South Economic Research (CRENoS) of the University of Cagliari hosted a conference devoted to the theme, ‘Economic  Growth and Change, A Comparative Analysis’. The co­organizer of the meeting was the Department of Economics, Northeastern University, Boston. The conference  was the culmination of a three­year collaboration between CRENoS and the Economic Growth Group at Northeastern University. In addition to the participants from  CRENoS and Northeastern, a number of distinguished scholars were invited to make contributions. The three­way interaction was extremely fruitful and this book is its  tangible product. Because the conference was open to local faculty and student attendance, the presenters benefited from a wide spectrum of challenging and helpful  commentary that we are happy to acknowledge and doubtlessly improved the quality of the contributions. In addition, two of the chapters in the book do not stem  directly from offerings at the conference, because of the absence of their authors, Irma Adelman and Shahid Alam, but parts of their work were included in the  conference presentation of one of the editors (Adams) and formally discussed.  The editors are grateful to the contributors for the time they have spent in preparing their chapters for final publication and for their involvement in the June 1997  conference. At Northeastern, Cheryl Noakes and Patricia Logan provided logistical support for a large number of faculty exchanges and visits, assisted graduate  students from the University of Cagliari, arranged faculty participation...

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