The Ministry of Economic Development ran a series of seminars about economic growth in 2004. One was an economic history of economic growth in New Zealand, three were on different and sometimes contradictory conceptual ways of thinking about economic growth – endogenous growth theory, Austrian economics, and structuralist-evolutionary theory of economic growth. The final seminar outlined the lessons from the previous four seminars and drew conclusions. The papers are nontechnical and non-mathematical, and are designed for an audience with only limited knowledge of economics. This Occasional Paper brings the papers produced for the five seminars together as a resource for those interested in different ways of thinking about economic growth and development. It is intended as a companion to MED Occasional Paper 08/08.