December 21, 2009
"What Makes a Nation Rich?"
Max Weber, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Wallerstein ... they've all (as many others) offered their views on the subject. Daron Acemoglu from the MIT suggests starting with "free elections" and other kind of incentives and forget the dialectics between geography-weather, religion-culture or core-periphery.
I don't agree entirely with the reductionist "one size fits all" view of the author, nevertheless it's still an interesting article. The link's here for those interested in the subject.