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Equity, Institutions and the Development Process

  • James A. Robinson

    (Harvard University)

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    In this essay I argue that to develop institutions that promote economic development societies must be equitable in fundamental ways. I particularly emphasize how important an equitable distribution of political power in society is to have well functioning institutions that support market activities. I show these ideas are consistent with broad patterns in the cross-national data and country case studies.

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    Article provided by Nordic Journal of Political Economy in its journal Nordic Journal of Political Economy.

    Volume (Year): 32 (2006)
    Issue (Month): ()
    Pages: 17-50

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    Handle: RePEc:noj:journl:v:32:y:2006:p:17-50
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