Law and Economics in Developing Countries

Law and Economics in Developing Countries

Authors: Edgardo Buscaglia, William Ratliff
ISBN: 978-0-8179-9772-4
Publication Date: 8/11/2000
Pages: 125

This book focuses on the critical link between legal/judicial systems and successful reform of political and economic institutions and practices in developing countries. The authors demonstrate that poverty is in large part the result of laws, judiciaries, and other legal mechanisms that fail to promote the generation of wealth by all citizens in the private sector. They note the main substantive and procedural legal factors that developing nations must address. Using empirical studies conducted on several continents, they make realistic recommendations for legal and judicial reforms that have been implemented and shown to promote economic efficiency, development, better governance, and general well-being. The book is intended for the general informed reader as well as for policymakers in governments and civil society.

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Edgardo Buscaglia

Edgardo Buscaglia is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also the director of the International Law and Economic Development Center at the University of Virginia School of Law, the vice president of the Inter American Law and Economics Association, and a legal and economic senior adviser to several international organizations in the United States and in Europe.


William Ratliff

>William Ratliff is a research fellow and curator of the Americas Collection at the Hoover Institution. He is currently working on interpreting Latin American history and Chinese histories and politics and U.S. foreign policy.


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