Acton University 2017: June 20 - 23

ALUM Statism in Poor Countries: A Field Guide

Session 2 - Wednesday, June 21 -
10:45 AM to 12:05 PM

Introductory Course

State-centered, state-directed economic policies are the default choice in most poor countries.  To a far larger extent than most outside observers imagine—or can easily discern—heavy state intervention is the norm, from state ownership of banks to back-breaking taxation of agriculture.  This course surveys typical statist institutions, and considers questions such as: What are statism’s long-term consequences?  What does it imply for promoting entrepreneurship and a healthy business culture?  How does it complicate market-oriented reforms and private Christian development assistance?


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Professor of Economics, Hope College

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