Poverty, Inequality, and Unethical Behavior of the Strong

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Arye L. Hillman

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: November 2000

Abstract

This paper is concerned with economic consequences of unethical governance. A framework is set out, based on principles of Friedrich Nietzsche, that ties poverty and inequality to unethical behavior of the strong toward the weak. The paper contributes to an understanding of why poverty and inequality have remained entrenched in some societies in spite of repeated programs intended to improve living standards. The purpose is to include ethics of governance, and, in particular, unethical behavior of the strong toward the weak, in preconditions for economic development.

Keywords: poverty, development, government, ethics, Nietzsche

JEL Classification: I3, O1, H1

Suggested Citation

Hillman, Arye L., Poverty, Inequality, and Unethical Behavior of the Strong (November 2000). IMF Working Paper No. 00/187, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=880281

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