Why Information Grows (2015)

What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to answer these questions have focused on institutions, geography, finances, and psychology. MIT's César Hidalgo, however, took a step back and focused on the evolution of information, and on the ability of people to generate it.


The Economist: "Mr Hidalgo succeeds brilliantly in bringing his complex subject to life. His book is full of nuggets, from memorable phrases to interesting metaphors." 

The Financial Times: "Hidalgo has made a bold attempt to synthesise a large body of cutting-edge work into a readable, slender volume. This is the future of growth theory and his thought-provoking book deserves to be widely read." (Full Review)

Paul Romer: "Anybody interested in the future of mathematical theory in economics should read Cesar Hidalgo’s book Why Information Grows."

Steven Pinker: "The concept of information is necessary to make sense of anything that is not a boring featureless mass, including life, mind, society, and value. Why Information Grows lucidly explains the foundations of this essential concept, while creatively applying it in exciting new ways. It is filled with interesting ideas, and a pleasure to read." 

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