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Recherche de rente, politique commerciale et développement

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  • Hillel Rapoport

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[eng] The rent-seeking theory has been developed to specify economic ac- tivities which aim to induce public policies in order to benefit from their distributional effects. It takes part in the new neo-classical political economy, that points out the negative consequences of public regulations over what has already been demonstrated by traditional economic analysis. Rent-seeking activities transfer real resources from productive sectors and reallocate them to socially unproductive efforts. The consequences of these activities have firstly been emphasised for restrictions to internal competition, and the analysis then extended to commercial policy and to a wide range of state interventions. Rent-seeking theory, especially when applied to commercial policy issues, is extremely relevant in the context of developing countries. It highlights the institutional foundations of the lack of economic dynamism encountered in a large number of developing countries that can appear as rent-seeking societies. [fre] Le concept de recherche de rente a été développé pour qualifier des activités qui visent à orienter la décision publique afin de bénéficier des effets redistributifs de celle- ci. Cette démarche s'inscrit dans le cadre plus large de la nouvelle économie politique néo-classique, dont l'ambition est de mettre en évidence les inefficiences engendrées par la régulation étatique, et ce au-delà de ce qu'a déjà montré l'analyse traditionnelle. En cas de recherche de rente, des ressources réelles sont en effet soustraites aux secteurs productifs de l'économie pour être réallouées à des activités improductives sur le plan social. Les conséquences de ces activités ont d'abord été soulignées en ce qui concerne les restrictions à la concurrence intérieure, avant que l'analyse ne soit étendue aux instruments de la politique commerciale puis à l'ensemble des domaines d'intervention de l'Etat. L'article soutient que la théorie de la recherche de rente, notamment dans son application à la politique commerciale, donne toute sa mesure dans le contexte des pays en développement. Elle permet d'éclairer les fondements institutionnels du manque de dynamisme économique de nombreux pays, pays qui peuvent parfois apparaître comme de véritables sociétés de recherche de rente.

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Article provided by Programme National Persée in its journal Revue française d'économie.

Volume (Year): 10 (1995)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 147-185

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Handle: RePEc:prs:rfreco:rfeco_0769-0479_1995_num_10_2_980

Note: DOI:10.3406/rfeco.1995.980
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