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A critique of the new comparative economics

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  • J. Rosser

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  • Marina Rosser

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The article critically examines the "new comparative economics" paradigm and its underlying model of the "institutional possibilities frontier" as an instrument of comparative efficiency analysis of economic systems. The model suggests a social costs minimization trade-off between economic disorder and dictatorship. But the alternative approach — that of the "new traditional economics" — is shown to be more adequate and promising. New traditional economics deals with the evolutionary analysis of institutions in the context of historical development of economic and non-economic norms and values.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Review of Austrian Economics.

Volume (Year): 21 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 81-97

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revaec:v:21:y:2008:i:1:p:81-97

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Keywords: Institutional possibilities frontier; New comparative economics; New traditional economy; Civic capital;

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  1. Blanchard, Olivier & Kremer, Michael R., 1997. "Disorganization," Scholarly Articles 3659691, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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