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La Liga Filipina: Rizal and institutional change

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  • Karl Robert L. Jandoc

    (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

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    A long-standing tradition in economics contends that “institutions matter “for long-run growth. Whether defined as “rules of the game” or a “system of social factors,” institutions ultimately affect the cost of exchange and production that, in turn, influences economic performance. This paper shows that Rizal, by establishing La Liga Filipina, endeavored to create the conditions toward institutional change. It shows that through the Liga’s aims—(a) to unite the whole archipelago;(b) mutual protection in case of trouble and need; (c) defense against every violence and injustice; (d) development of education, agriculture, and commerce; and (e) study and implementation of reforms—Rizal sought to subvert the most important antidevelopment institutions of his day.

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    Article provided by University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society in its journal Philippine Review of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 48 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (December)
    Pages: 151-182

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    Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:48:y:2011:i:2:p:151-182
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    1. Rodrik, Dani, 1999. "Where Did All the Growth Go? External Shocks, Social Conflict, and Growth Collapses," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 4(4), pages 385-412, December.
    2. Emmanuel S. de Dios, 2011. "Institutional constraints on Philippine growth," Philippine Review of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society, vol. 48(1), pages 71-124, June.
    3. North, Douglass C., 1989. "Institutions and economic growth: An historical introduction," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 17(9), pages 1319-1332, September.
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    5. Lucas, Robert Jr., 1988. "On the mechanics of economic development," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 3-42, July.
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