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The Resource Economic gangsters : corruption, violence, and the poverty of nations, Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel

Economic gangsters : corruption, violence, and the poverty of nations, Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel

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Economic gangsters : corruption, violence, and the poverty of nations
Title
Economic gangsters
Title remainder
corruption, violence, and the poverty of nations
Statement of responsibility
Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Meet the economic gangster. He's the United Nations diplomat who double-parks his Mercedes on New York City streets at rush hour because the cops can't touch him - he has diplomatic immunity. He's the Chinese smuggler who dodges tariffs by magically transforming frozen chickens into frozen turkeys. The dictator, the warlord, the unscrupulous bureaucrat who bilks the developing world of billions in aid. The calculating crook who views stealing and murder as just another part of his business strategy. And, in the wrong set of circumstances, he might just be you."
  • "In Economic Gangsters, Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel take readers into the secretive, chaotic, and brutal worlds inhabited by these lawless and violent thugs. Join these two sleuthing economists as they follow the foreign aid money trail into the grasping hands of corrupt governments and shady underworld characters. Spend time with ingenious black marketeers as they game the international system. Follow the steep rise and fall of stock prices of companies with unseemly connections to Indonesia's former dictator. See for yourself what rainfall has to do with witch killings in Tanzania - and more."--BOOK JACKET
Review
Economists Fisman and Miguel address the role of corruption and violence in impoverishing nations such as Kenya and Chad. They avoid academic jargon and write for a general audience in explaining how economists study the problem of pervasive endemic poverty. They relate specifically (indicative of their light approach) how, by studying the pattern of UN diplomatic parking violations in New York City, economists have estimated corruption in various countries. For example, diplomats from countries like Sweden and Canada had no violations while those from Chad and Sudan were egregious offenders. Fisman and Miguel look at violence as both a cause and an effect of poverty. They show that conflict risk in Africa increases from roughly 20 to 30 percent in drought years. To alleviate poverty best, they recommend experimentation with different policies such as crop insurance to find those methods that are effective in assisting the poor without enhancing conditions conducive to corruption and violence. Reminiscent of other lighter looks at economics, e.g., Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's Freakonomics and Tim Harford's The Undercover Economist , this book makes developmental economics both entertaining and accessible to a broad audience and is recommended to both public and academic libraries.—Lawrence Maxted, Gannon Univ., Erie, PA --Lawrence Maxted (Reviewed October 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 17, p77)
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Fisman, Raymond
Dewey number
364.132
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Miguel, Edward
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True
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  • Corruption
  • Political corruption
  • Smuggling
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corruption, violence, and the poverty of nations
Label
Economic gangsters : corruption, violence, and the poverty of nations, Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Fighting for economic development -- Suharto, Inc -- The smuggling gap -- Nature or nurture? : understanding the culture of corruption -- No water, no peace -- Death by a thousand small cuts -- The road back from war -- Learning to fight economic gangsters -- Epilogue : doing better this time
Control code
000043173938
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
240 p.
Isbn
9780691134543
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Economic gangsters : corruption, violence, and the poverty of nations, Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Fighting for economic development -- Suharto, Inc -- The smuggling gap -- Nature or nurture? : understanding the culture of corruption -- No water, no peace -- Death by a thousand small cuts -- The road back from war -- Learning to fight economic gangsters -- Epilogue : doing better this time
Control code
000043173938
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
240 p.
Isbn
9780691134543
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.

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