Institutional Traps and Economic Growth

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Mark Gradstein

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

This paper's point of departure is that low-quality institutions, concentration of political power, and underdevelopment are persistent over time. Its analytical model views an equal distribution of political power as a commitment device to enhance institutional quality thereby promoting growth. The politically powerful coalition contemplates relinquishing of its power, weighing this advantageous consequence against the limit on own appropriative ability that it entails. The possibility of two developmental paths is exhibited: with concentration of political and economic power, low-quality institutions, and slow growth; and a more equal distribution of political and economic resources, high-quality institutions, and faster growth.

Keywords: growth, inequality, institutional quality, political bias

JEL Classification: D31, D72, O10, O11

Suggested Citation

Gradstein, Mark, Institutional Traps and Economic Growth (August 2007). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6414, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1138527

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