Why Are Some Countries Rich and Others Poor? (Page One Economics)

Over 200 years ago, Adam Smith attempted to explain why some nations are wealthier than others. Today, the gap between rich and poor countries is even larger. The September 2017 issue of Page One Economics describes how total factor productivity contributes to economic growth and how growth leads to a rising standard of living.

Teachers: Visit the Reading Q&As in our Econ Lowdown Teacher Portal to find the teacher edition for this issue, to assign an online version of the student materials and to collect student scores on the questions. The materials are still free—but having them in the portal keeps students from accessing the answer key.

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