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What is development?
How can we compare levels of development?
What does it take to make development sustainable?

This book, which draws on data published by the World Bank, is addressed to students, teachers, and all those interested in exploring issues of global development. It encourages learners to seek their own solutions to development challenges by exploring and discussing a broad range of critical development issues.

Language Versions

The book is available in three languages:

Country Adaptations

This book is designed to be adapted by individual countries to reflect their specific development issues and to meet their own curriculum needs. There is Russian adaptation "The World and Russia" available. Latvian adaptation "The World and Latvia" is in progress. If you have interest in adapting this textbook for your country, please write to us at dep@worldbank.org


Available to order in hard cover at the World Bank Publications website.
Beyond Economic Growth is available in two online versions:
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  • Beyond Economic Growth (complete book) HTML PDF Color (2.32 MB) PDF b/w (1.85 MB)
    Cover, Title Page, Copyright Page, and Acknowledgments HTML PDF Color (843 KB) PDF b/w (725 KB)
    Introduction HTML PDF Color (158 KB) PDF b/w (158 KB)
    I. What is development? HTML PDF Color (159 KB) PDF b/w (159 KB)
    II. Comparing Levels of Development HTML PDF Color (262 KB) PDF b/w (254 KB)
    III. World Population Growth HTML PDF Color (265 KB) PDF b/w (269 KB)
    IV. Economic Growth Rates HTML PDF Color (407 KB) PDF b/w (244 KB)
    V. Income Inequality HTML PDF Color (141 KB) PDF b/w (141 KB)
    VI. Poverty HTML PDF Color (223 KB) PDF b/w (221 KB)
    VII. Education HTML PDF Color (222 KB) PDF b/w (212 KB)
    VIII. Health and Longevity HTML PDF Color (141 KB) PDF b/w (141 KB)
    IX. Growth of the Service Sector HTML PDF Color (195 KB) PDF b/w (184 KB)
    X. Urbanization and Urban Air Pollution HTML PDF Color (270 KB) PDF b/w (213 KB)
    XI. Public and Private Enterprises: Finding the Right Mix HTML PDF Color (152 KB) PDF b/w (147 KB)
    XII. Globalization and International Trade HTML PDF Color (220 KB) PDF b/w (198 KB)
    XIII. Foreign Aid and Foreign Investment HTML PDF Color (145 KB) PDF b/w (139 KB)
    XIV. Economic Development and the Risk of Global Climate Change HTML PDF Color (213 KB) PDF b/w (205 KB)
    XV. Composite Indicators of Development HTML PDF Color (138 KB) PDF b/w (138 KB)
    XVI. Indicators of Development Sustainability HTML PDF Color (130 KB) PDF b/w (118 KB)
    XVII. In Search of a Comprehensive Development Strategy HTML PDF Color (156 KB) PDF b/w (156 KB)
    Glossary HTML PDF Color (219 KB) PDF b/w (217 KB)
    Classification of Economies by Income and Region HTML PDF Color (62 KB) PDF b/w (63 KB)
    Data Tables HTML
      Table 1: Chapters 1-6   PDF b/w (78 KB)
      Table 2: Chapters 7-10   PDF b/w (85 KB)
      Table 3: Chapters 11-13   PDF b/w (83 KB)
      Table 4: Chapters 14-17   PDF b/w (71 KB)


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