Acknowledgements & Copyright
The preparation of this book benefited greatly from the support and valuable contributions of many
colleagues in the World Bank Institute (WBI) and in other parts of the World Bank.
I am particularly indebted to the head of WBI, Frannie Leautier, for her support of the second edition
of this book and to two successive managers of the WBI Development Education Program (DEP), Katherine
Sheram and Danielle Carbonneau, for the inspiration and important inputs they provided to this challenging
multiyear project. The work on this book was also greatly facilitated by close collaboration with the
other DEP team members, including Evi Vestergaard, Kelly Grable, and Brooke Prater.
Next I would like to express my sincere appreciation to those World Bank experts who provided extremely
useful comments, suggestions, and inputs during the drafting of the first and second editions of this
book: Carl Dahlman, Dusan Vujovic, Gregory Prakas, Joanne Epp, John Oxenham, John Middleton, Kirk Hamilton,
Ksenia Lvovsky, Magda Lovei, Peter Miovic, Philip Karp, Simon Commander, Tatyana Leonova, Thomas Merrick,
Tim Heleniak, Vinod Thomas, Vladimir Kreacic, and William Prince. Special thanks go to John Didier
for his dedicated help with the final editing of the first edition and unfailing support during the
preparation of the second edition.
I am also grateful to all of my colleagues in Russia, Latvia, and Belarus for their knowledgeable
advice during our joint work on the respective country adaptations of this book, particularly Vladimir
Avtonomov, Andrei Mitskevitch, Erika Sumilo, and Mikhail Kovalev.
An important role in pilot-testing and distributing the first edition and its three country adaptations
was played by DEP partners in the US National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), in Russia’s
State University–Higher School of Economics, in the Latvian Association of Teachers of Economics
(LATE), and in the Belarusian Institute for Post- Diploma Teacher Training.