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The grabbing hand : government pathologies and their cures

Author: Andrei Shleifer; Robert W Vishny
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.
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In many countries, public sector institutions impose heavy burdens on economic life: heavy and arbitrary taxes retard investment, regulations enrich corrupt bureaucrats, state firms consume national wealth, and the most talented people turn to rent-seeking rather than productive activities. The authors of this collection of essays describe many of these pathologies of a grabbing hand government and examine their  Read more...
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Shleifer, Andrei.
Grabbing hand.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)607101218
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrei Shleifer; Robert W Vishny
ISBN: 0674358872 9780674358874 0674010140 9780674010147
OCLC Number: 39002926
Description: x, 278 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Perspectives on Government --
2. Princes and Merchants: European City Growth before the Industrial Revolution --
3. The Allocation of Talent: Implications for Growth --
4. Why Is Rent Seeking So Costly to Growth? --
5. Corruption --
6. Pervasive Shortages under Socialism --
7. The Politics of Market Socialism --
8. A Theory of Privatization --
9. Politicians and Firms --
10. Privatization in the United States --
11. Government in Transition.
Responsibility: Andrei Shleifer, Robert W. Vishny.

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In many countries, public sector institutions impose heavy burdens on economic life: heavy and arbitrary taxes retard investment, regulations enrich corrupt bureaucrats, state firms consume national wealth, and the most talented people turn to rent-seeking rather than productive activities. The authors of this collection of essays describe many of these pathologies of a grabbing hand government and examine their consequences for growth.

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