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The Distributive Politics of Enforcement


Abstract: Why do some politicians tolerate the violation of the law? In contexts where the poor are the primary violators of property laws, I argue that the answer lies in the electoral costs of enforcement: Enforcement can decrease support from poor voters even while it generates support among nonpoor voters. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Ciencia Política

Informality and Development


Abstract: We establish five facts about the informal economy in developing countries. First, it is huge, reaching about half of the total in the poorest countries. Second, it has extremely low productivity compared to the formal economy: informal firms are typically small, inefficient, and run by poorly educated entrepreneurs. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Derecho, Ciencia Política, Economía

Taxing with Dictators and Democrats: Regime Effects, Transfers and Revenue in Argentina’s Provinces


Abstract: Political institutions strongly influence incentives to tax. In this article, I examine differences across national regimes in provincial taxation in Argentina from 1959–2001 and compare them to sub-national regimes under national democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Ciencia Política, Economía

El Papel de los Afectos en el Pensamiento Político de Spinoza

IDEAS Y VALORES LXIII. No 154 (2014): 31-57

Se analizan los más tradicionales aspectos vinculados a la teoría política spinozista, la teoría del contrato y la crítica de la religión, en estrecha relación con la Ética y con el tratamiento de las relaciones entre afectos e imaginación, que se considera como el núcleo de su pensamiento político. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Filosofía, Teoría Política

El Dilema de la Contribución Voluntaria a Bienes Públicos: Una Revisión de Trabajos Experimentales

CUADERNOS DE ECONOMÍA 33.62 (2014): 123-144

El artículo presenta una revisión de los experimentos realizados sobre bienes públicos apoyados en el mecanismo de contribución voluntaria. La evidencia empírica existente muestra que los individuos no son solo los seres egoístas y competitivos que supone la teoría económica ortodoxa, sino que también son seres bondadosos y altruistas. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Ciencia Política, Economía

Albert O. Hirschman y la Economía del Desarrollo: Lecciones para el Presente

CUADERNOS DE ECONOMÍA 33.62 (2014): 7-31

Albert Hirschman vivió casi cinco años en Colombia, donde según él, adquirió un punto de vista. Este punto de vista le permitió formular una aproximación original al desarrollo, alejada de las grandes teorías y del mero empirismo; lo llamó una estrategia de desarrollo y, en ella, resaltaba los eslabonamientos entre sectores productivos pero, sobre todo, las habilidades, creencias y expectativas necesarias, y muchas veces inexplotadas, para hacer posible un proceso dinámico de toma de decisiones. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Economía

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