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This title provides an economic perspective on critical issues that characterize the topic of sustainable development. In each case, the authors give hope that the challenges facing societies can be surmounted and millions can be lifted out of poverty by adopting policies that encourage the investment in human capital, democratic institutions, and improved market performance.


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Based on presentations at the 40th annual Werner Sichel economics lecture series, sponsored by the Department of Economics, Western Michigan University


9780880993210 (cloth) ; 9780880993203 (pbk.) ; 9781417596324 (ebook)

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Asefa, Sisay, ed. 2005. The Economics of Sustainable Development. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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