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The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy

by Joel Mokyr

The growth of technological and scientific knowledge in the past two centuries has been the overriding dynamic element in the economic and social history of the world. Its result is now often called the knowledge...


Why Ireland Starved: A Quantitative and Analytical History of the Irish Economy, 1800-1850

by Joel Mokyr

Technical changes in the first half of the nineteenth century led to unprecedented economic growth and capital formation throughout Western Europe; and yet Ireland hardly participated in this process at all....


The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress

by Joel Mokyr

In a world of supercomputers, genetic engineering, and fiber optics, technological creativity is ever more the key to economic success. But why are some nations more creative than others, and why do some highly...