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On Rent Seeking and Inclusiveness

Using an extension of a standard rent-seeking model, this paper shows that "inclusiveness", as defined and measured in the text, is the property of a political system that motivates government to deter destructive rent seeking. Highly-inclusive polities are likely to be democracies since dictatorships lack a key prerequisite for inclusiveness. However, democracies are not necessarily highly inclusive.

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Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 09-05.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 26 Aug 2009
Date of revision: 18 Apr 2013
Publication status: Published: Carleton Economic Papers
Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:09-05
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