December 8, 2010

Lessons of New Institutional Economics for Development

John Nye

Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy, Mercatus Center

Are we all institutionalists now?  What should development agencies really learn from the New Institutional Economics?  Nye discusses the impediments to growth in underdeveloped countries and explains why most reform attempts ignore the most important distortions in poorly functioning economies and misunderstand the incentives facing both donors and recipients.