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Destructive Creativity

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  • Halvor Mehlum
  • Kalle Moene
  • Ragnar Torvik

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Destructive creativity implies that parasites become more efficient in rent extraction. We focus on destructive creativity in situations where parasites live on rents extracted from the producers. A higher parasitic strength implies that the waste associated with rent seeking increases, and in the long run erodes business productivity, implying that the sustainability of predation is threatened by improved efficiency.

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  • Halvor Mehlum & Kalle Moene & Ragnar Torvik, 2003. "Destructive Creativity," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 29, pages 77-84.
  • Handle: RePEc:noj:journl:v:29:y:2003:p:77-84
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    Cited by:

    1. Siddiqui, Danish Ahmed & Ahmed, Qazi Masood, 2009. "Does Institutions effect growth in Pakistan? An Empirical investigation," MPRA Paper 19744, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Marcus Dejardin, 2011. "Entrepreneurship and Rent-Seeking Behavior," Post-Print halshs-00616302, HAL.

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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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