Indian capitalism is not doomed

India’s problem of crony capitalism

The rise of modern capitalism in India in the 1990s was at first viewed in optimistic terms. A new breed of companies were born, who seemed to exhibit a new kind of competence, international competitiveness and high ethical standards. We could start putting our old mistrust of corrupt business . . . → Read More: Indian capitalism is not doomed

More On Wealth Inequality

From Vox Day:

However, both works share the same recognition of the intrinsically flawed nature of the three primary forms of government: monarchy, aristocracy and democracy. They also recognize the way these forms tend to degrade over time and transform into the others. Both Plato and Cicero are fundamentally skeptical about democracy, as Plato . . . → Read More: More On Wealth Inequality

Entrepreneurs and Democracy

This column in the March 7, 2011 edition of The New Yorker has an interesting perspective on economic development – particularly in the Middle East. In the language of my University Seminar class, here’s the claim presented by James Surowiecki

The autocracies of the Arab world have been as economically destructive as they’ve been . . . → Read More: Entrepreneurs and Democracy

Jittery regimes fix prices

The puzzle

All of us are now curiously thinking about the abrupt phase transition that seems to sometimes occur in the endgame of an authoritarian regime. The traditional script was: The people rise up to rebel and the strongman murders them.

When the USSR collapsed, we thought it was special: it was a . . . → Read More: Jittery Regimes Fix Prices

Economic Growth and Democratic Institutions

Professor William Easterly recently presented (link) an intriguing empirical evidence on the relationship between nation’s politics and economic growth. In particular, professor Easterly presented data on long-run economic growth and the scope of democracy for a majority of countries between 1960 and 2008. Professor Easterly identified that the highest-growing countries in the world . . . → Read More: Economic Growth and Democratic Institutions

Is Reasonable Regulation Compatible with Democracy?

Peter Boettke recently wrote a paper entitled: ‘Is the only form of “reasonable regulation” self regulation?’ (GMU Economics Paper 10-05).

This paper draws attention to the potential for self-regulating communities (governance without government) to achieve benefits of social cooperation even in unpromising situations. The subtitle describes the contents of the paper: ‘Lessons from Lin . . . → Read More: Is Reasonable Regulation Compatible with Democracy?

Authoritarian Politics and Economic Growth

Dani Rodrik argues (link) that political dictatorship is damaging to economic growth since democracies not only outperformed countries with flawed political regimes in the dynamics of economic growth but also in terms of greater civil, economic and political liberties and investment in education that help enforce better public policies and yield better prospects of . . . → Read More: Authoritarian Politics and Economic Growth

What Practical Measures Can be Taken to Improve Policy Outcomes in Democracies?

There seems to be increasing skepticism these days about the worth of democracy. The following quote from a post by John Humphreys on the “Thoughts on Freedom” blog provides a good example of what I mean:

“Democracy has become a new faith. Simply saying the word supposedly makes an argument stronger, as though there . . . → Read More: What Practical Measures Can be Taken to Improve Policy Outcomes in Democracies?