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A Not-so-dismal Science


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Introduction: The Broader View ; 1. Big Bills Left on the Sidewalk: Why Some Nations are Rich and Others Poor ; 2. Innovation and its Enemies: The Economic and Political Roots of Technological Inertia ; 3. Economic Institutions and Development: A View from the Bottom ; 4. Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development ; 5. Overstrong against Thyself: War, the State, and Growth in Europe on the Eve of the Industrial Revolution ; 6. The Swedish Model: A Comment on Mancur Olson's Analysis ; 7. Affirmative Action and Reservations in the American and Indian Labor Markets: Are They Really that Bad? ; 8. Communities and Development: Autarkic Social Groups and the Economy ; 9. Law from Order: Economic Development and the Jurisprudence of Social Norms ; 10. The Nature of Institutional Impediments to Economic Development

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Mancur Olson was Distinguished Professor of economics at the University of Maryland and Founder and Principal Investigator of the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS), also based at the University of Maryland.
Satu Kahkonen is Associate Director of IRIS.


Accessible to a wide range of readers. * R.B. Emmett, Choice, Sept. 00. *
Many social scientists and economists will be eager to look at this book. It is one of the last - if not the last - legacies of that remarkable scholar, Mancur Olson. * Professor Dr Bruno S. Frey, Kyklos *
Olson is able to derive fascinating and relevant conclusions. * Professor Dr Bruno S. Frey, Kyklos *

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