Why did I love this book?
There is a lot of talk about why some societies are successful while others are not. Why do some remain poor while others stumble on a path to growth and development? Often the excuse it is someone else’s fault. Stefan Dercon’s is an unusual voice in this rather noisy crowd, with his simple claim that growth happens when its leaders want society to succeed rather than just profit themselves. To do so, they must gamble on increasing the size of the economic pie rather than carving up the one that already exists. This is risky. Politicians often claim that they know what to do, but not how to get re-elected afterwards. Read this book and at least you will know what to ask for from your government.