Re: SOC: The Challenge of "The Second World" (Was: Argentina economy)

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 08:18:48 MST

Greg Burch wrote:
>What is it that societies as disparate as those we find in Colombia, Nigeria
>and Burma have in common that has held them back from the benefits of real
>modernism? Why have attempts to aid development in these countries proved
>so ineffective for so long?

This is a central question studied by a great many in social science. In
economics it goes under the name "growth theory" and "development." We
have a number of plausible theories, but as yet we just don't know.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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