The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy. (Two volume set)
Edited by Kenneth A. Reinert & Ramkishen S. Rajan
Amy Jocelyn Glass & Lewis S. Davis, associate editors
Benjamin J. Cohen, Ian Goldin, Ronald W. Jones, Peter B. Kenen & Theodore H. Moran, advisors


Increasing economic globalization has made understanding the world economy more important than ever. From trade agreements to offshore outsourcing to foreign aid, this two-volume encyclopedia explains the key elements of the world economy and provides a first step to further research for students and scholars in public policy, international studies, business, and the broader social sciences, as well as for economic policy professionals.

Written by an international team of contributors, this comprehensive reference includes more than 300 up-to-date entries covering a wide range of topics in international trade, finance, production, and economic development. These topics include concepts and principles, models and theory, institutions and agreements, policies and instruments, analysis and tools, and sectors and special issues. Each entry includes cross-references and a list of sources for further reading and research. Complete with an index and a table of contents that groups entries by topic, The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy is an essential resource for anyone who needs to better understand the global economy.



  • More than 300 alphabetically arranged articles on topics in international trade, finance, production, and economic development

  • International team of contributors

  • Annotated list of further reading with each article

  • Topical list of entries

  • Full index and cross-references

Entry categories and sample topics:


  • Concepts and principles: globalization, anti-globalization, fair trade, foreign direct investment, international migration, economic development, multinational enterprises

  • Models and theory: Heckscher-Ohlin model, internalization theory, New Trade Theory, North-South trade, Triffin dilemma

  • Institutions and agreements: European Union, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, World Bank, Doha Round, international investment agreements

  • Policies and instruments: dollar standard, international aid, sanctions, tariffs

  • Analysis and tools: exchange rate forecasting, effective protection, monetary policy rules

  • Sectors and special issues: child labor, corporate governance, the digital divide, health and globalization, illegal drugs trade, petroleum, steel

Kenneth A. Reinert is professor of public policy at George Mason University, where he directs the International Commerce and Policy Program. He is the author of Windows on the World Economy and the coauthor of Globalization for Development. Ramkishen S. Rajan is associate professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of Economic Globalization and Asia. Amy Jocelyn Glass is associate professor of economics at Texas A&M University. Lewis S. Davis is assistant professor of economics at Union College.