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Institutions Count: Their Role and Significance in Latin American Development

Alejandro Portes and Lori D. Smith

Abstract

What leads to national progress? The growing consensus in the social sciences is that neither capital flows, nor the savings rate, nor diffuse values are the key, but that it lies in the quality of a nation's institutions. This book is the first comparative study of how real institutions affect national development. It seeks to examine and deepen this insight through a systematic study of institutions in five Latin American countries and how they differ within and across nations. Postal systems, stock exchanges, public health services and others were included in the sample, all studied with th ... More

Keywords: national progress, capital flows, savings rate, national development, institutions, Latin America, postal systems, stock exchanges, public health services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273535
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273535.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alejandro Portes, editor
Princeton University, Princeton University

Lori D. Smith, editor

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Contents

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2 The Comparative Study of Institutions

Alejandro Portes and Lori D. Smith

3 Institutional Change and Development in Argentina

Alejandro Grimson, Ana Castellani, and Alexandre Roig

5 The Colombian Paradox

César Rodríguez-Garavito

6 Development Opportunities

Wilfredo Lozano

8 Conclusion

Alejandro Portes and Lori D. Smith