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On The Politics of Property Rights by Haber, Razo, and Maurer


  • Robert H. Bates


Stephen Haber et al. explore economic growth in key sectors of the Mexican economy, 1876-1929, an era of political instability and (1914-17) civil war. The authors demonstrate that economic growth continued amidst political instability and offer an explanation for their counterintuitive finding. Reviewing the evidence advanced by the authors, Robert Bates summarizes and comments on their argument, and applies it to "out of sample" data from Africa.

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  • Robert H. Bates, 2004. "On The Politics of Property Rights by Haber, Razo, and Maurer," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 42(2), pages 494-500, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:42:y:2004:i:2:p:494-500 Note: DOI: 10.1257/0022051041409020

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    1. William Easterly & Ross Levine, 1997. "Africa's Growth Tragedy: Policies and Ethnic Divisions," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 112(4), pages 1203-1250.
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    1. Milanovic, Branko & Hoff, Karla & Horowitz, Shale, 2008. "Political alternation as a restraint on investing in influence : evidence from the post-communist transition," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4747, The World Bank.
    2. Abla Abdel-Latif & Hubert Schmitz, 2010. "The Politics of Investment and Growth in Egypt: Towards A New Approach," Working Papers 546, Economic Research Forum, revised 09 Jan 2010.

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