As of December 2009 (but still incomplete!)

Here’s a list of books on economic growth, ordered by year and then alphabetically by author. Short introductions to a variety of topics can be found in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, online edition.


Durlauf, Steven N., and Blume, Lawrence E. (eds.) (2010). Economic growth. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.


Aghion, Philippe and Howitt, Peter (2009). The Economics of Growth. MIT Press, Cambridge.

Weil, David N. (2009). Economic growth Pearson, Addison Wesley (second edition).


Acemoglu, Daron (2008). Introduction to Modern Economic Growth Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Commission on Growth and Development (2008). The Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development World Bank, Washington.


Bertola, Giuseppe, Foellmi, Reto and Zweimuller, Josef (2006). Income distribution in macroeconomic models. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Warsh, David (2006). Knowledge and the wealth of nations. Norton.


Aghion, Philippe and Durlauf, Steven N. (2005). Handbook of Economic Growth. North-Holland, Amsterdam.

Friedman, Benjamin M. (2005). The moral consequences of economic growth. Knopf.

Whitta-Jacobsen, Hans Jørgen and Peter Birch Sørensen (2005). Introducing Advanced Macroeconomics: Growth and Business Cycles. McGraw-Hill.


Barro, Robert J. and Sala-i-Martin, Xavier (2004). Economic growth (Second edition). Boston: MIT Press.

George, Donald A. R., Oxley, Les and Carlaw, Kenneth I. (2004). Surveys in economic growth: theory and empirics Oxford: Blackwell.

Helpman, Elhanan (2004). The mystery of economic growth. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.


Rodrik, Dani (ed.) (2003). In search of prosperity: analytic narratives on economic growth, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Rogers, Mark (2003). Knowledge, Technological Catch-up and Economic Growth. Edward Elgar.


Lucas, Robert E., Jr. (2002). Lectures on economic growth, Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press.

Thirlwall, Tony (2002). The nature of economic growth: an alternative framework for understanding the performance of nations. Edward Elgar, forthcoming. Mexico lectures.


Easterly, William (2001). The elusive quest for growth: economists’ adventures and misadventures in the tropics. MIT Press, July.

Klundert, Theo van de (2001). Growth theory in historical perspective: selected essays of Theo van de Klundert. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. Edited by Sjak Smulders.

Rodrigo, G. Chris (2001). Technology, economic growth and crises in East Asia. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.

Romer, David (2001). Advanced macroeconomics, 2nd edition, chapters 1-3. McGraw-Hill, Boston, Mass.


Parker, Philip M. (2000). Physioeconomics: the basis for long-run economic growth. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Ros, Jaime (2000). Development theory and the economics of growth. University of Michigan Press.

Solow, Robert M. (2000). Growth theory: an exposition (2nd edition). Oxford University Press, Oxford. This book brings together his Radcliffe lectures on exogenous growth theory, his Nobel Prize lecture, and his Siena Lectures on endogenous growth theory.


Gylfason, Thorvaldur (1999). Principles of Economic Growth. Oxford University Press, Oxford.


Aghion, Philippe and Howitt, Peter (1998). Endogenous growth theory. The MIT Press, Cambridge.


Jones, Charles I. (1997). An introduction to economic growth. Norton.


Crafts, N. F. R. and Toniolo, G. (1996). Economic growth in Europe since 1945. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Romer, D. (1996). Advanced macroeconomics, chs. 1-3. McGraw-Hill, Boston, Mass.


Barro, R. J. and Sala-i-Martin, X. (1995). Economic growth. McGraw-Hill, Boston, Mass. For the extensively revised second edition, see 2004 above.


McCombie, John and Thirlwall, Tony (1994). Economic growth and the balance of payments constraint. Macmillan, London.


Grossman, G. M. and Helpman, E. (1991). Innovation and growth in the global economy. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.


Scott, M. Fg. (1989). A new view of economic growth. Clarendon Press, Oxford.

One comment

  1. there’s another book that came out recently..

    “The Poor Half Billion in South Asia – What is Holding Back Lagging Regions?” Edited by Ejaz Ghani;
    Oxford University Press, 2010

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