Paradise Lost: The Costs of State Failure in the Pacific
AbstractGlobally, state failure is hugely costly. We estimate the total cost of failing states at around US$276 billion per year. In this paper we apply our global framework and methodology to analyse the cost of failing states in the Pacific Ocean. Globally, failing states inflict very large costs on their neighbours and this both justifies and requires regional intervention in decision processes that would normally be the sovereign domain of nation states. Our analysis suggests that islands do not have neighbours in this economic sense. In this respect the Pacific region is distinctive, because its countries are islands, the neighbourhood spillovers that normally generate these costs do not apply. Due to the lack of spillovers we estimate the cost of state failure at US$36 billion. However, our results also indicate that failing states themselves suffer ...
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Papers with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper RP2007/16.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Pacific islands; governance; costs; growth; civil war;
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- Lisa Chauvet & Paul Collier & Anke Hoeffler, 2010. "Paradise Lost: The Costs of State Failure in the Pacific," The Journal of Development Studies, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 46(5), pages 961-980.
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