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Poder, rigor y efectividad de una idea. El caso de la informalidad legal de los pobres

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  • Iguíñiz Echeverría, Javier M.

    (Departamento de Economía, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

Few ideas and activities have received as hyperbolic praise as that presented by Hernando de Soto on informality. Nobel laureates in economics, presidents of various countries, important magazines, and multilateral organizations have endorsed this author’s impulse towards the official registration of the property or the poor, particularly, their homes, as the key to launching a worldwide economic revolution from below. In this paper we present the institutional backing of those ideas, the analytic substance behind the main arguments involved, the descriptive accuracy of the institutions operating in the Third World, and the results of their application. In this way, we evaluate the relationship between the spread and power of an idea and its formal content, and its effectiveness in changing the world of the poor.// Pocas ideas y actividades han recibido elogios tan hiperbólicos como las presentadas en el mundo por Hernando de Soto respecto a la informalidad. Premios Nobel de economía, Presidentes de varios países, revistas muy importantes y organizaciones multilaterales han respaldado el impulso de este autor por el registro de las propiedades de los pobres, particularmente sus viviendas, como la clave para lanzar una revolución económica mundial desde abajo. En este artículo presentamos el respaldo institucional de esas ideas, la sustancia analítica de los principales argumentos relacionados con ellas, la precisión descriptiva de las instituciones que operan en el Tercer Mundo y los resultados de su aplicación. De esta manera evaluamos la relación entre la difusión y el poder de una idea con su contenido formal y su efectividad para cambiar el mundo de los pobres.

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Article provided by Fondo de Cultura Económica in its journal El Trimestre Económico.

Volume (Year): LXXVII (1) (2010)
Issue (Month): 305 (enero-marzo)
Pages: 5-39

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Handle: RePEc:elt:journl:v:77:y:2010:i:305:p:5-39
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