Democide and Genocide as Rent-Seeking Activities
Murder of the population by the state has been common historically and in modern times. The author estimates a demand function for state-sponsored murder and finds that it obeys the law of demand. The main focus of the paper is estimation of the change in the growth path of economies that practice democide relative to those that do not. On average, the rent-seeking loss associated with democide is about a 20 percent loss of wealth. Copyright 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
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