The Effect of Coca and FDI on the Level of Corruption in Bolivia

ANTONIO BOJANIC
LATIN AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW 23.11 (2014)

This paper estimates the impact that FDI inflows and the price of coca leaves have on the level of corruption in Bolivia. The findings reveal that a less controlled, more permissive market for coca leaves actually reduces the level of corruption in the country, supporting the hypothesis that the way to a less corrupt Bolivia is by lowering government intervention into this controversial market.

The Distributive Politics of Enforcement

ALISHA C. HOLLAND
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE (MAY 2014) DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12125

Abstract: Why do some politicians tolerate the violation of the law? In contexts where the poor are the primary violators of property laws, I argue that the answer lies in the electoral costs of enforcement: Enforcement can decrease support from poor voters even while it generates support among nonpoor voters. Continue reading

Informality and Development

RAFAEL LA PORTA, ANDREI SHLEIFER
NBER WORKING PAPER No. 20205 (JUNE 2014)

Abstract: We establish five facts about the informal economy in developing countries. First, it is huge, reaching about half of the total in the poorest countries. Second, it has extremely low productivity compared to the formal economy: informal firms are typically small, inefficient, and run by poorly educated entrepreneurs. Continue reading

Taxing with Dictators and Democrats: Regime Effects, Transfers and Revenue in Argentina’s Provinces

MELISSA ZIEGLER ROGERS
JOURNAL OF POLITICS IN LATIN AMERICA 6.1 (2014): 3-44

Abstract: Political institutions strongly influence incentives to tax. In this article, I examine differences across national regimes in provincial taxation in Argentina from 1959–2001 and compare them to sub-national regimes under national democracy. Continue reading

El Dilema de la Contribución Voluntaria a Bienes Públicos: Una Revisión de Trabajos Experimentales

LUIS ALEJANDRO PALACIO GARCÍA, DANIEL FELIPE PARRA CARREÑO
CUADERNOS DE ECONOMÍA 33.62 (2014): 123-144

El artículo presenta una revisión de los experimentos realizados sobre bienes públicos apoyados en el mecanismo de contribución voluntaria. La evidencia empírica existente muestra que los individuos no son solo los seres egoístas y competitivos que supone la teoría económica ortodoxa, sino que también son seres bondadosos y altruistas. Continue reading

Cádiz y el Experimento Constitucional Atlántico

JOSÉ ANTONIO AGUILAR RIVERA
POLÍTIC Y GOBIERNO 21.1 (2014): 3-24

Este trabajo analiza la pertenencia y el lugar de la Constitución de Cádiz dentro del conjunto de la experiencia constitucional atlántica. Después de ubicar contextualmente el debate historiográfico entre quienes reducían el resultado de la deliberación gaditana a meras imitaciones de códigos importados del extranjero y aquellos que argumentaban su defensa en términos nacionalistas e históricos, es posible posicionar el experimento de Cádiz más cerca del ciclo constitucional hispanoamericano que del francés o estadounidense. Continue reading

Governance and Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America

TURAN SUBASAT, SOTIRIOS BELLOS
LATIN AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS 50.1 (2013): 107-131

It is widely argued that good governance is an important determinant of foreign direct investment (FDI). With the exception of studies of corruption, however, empirical research on the link between governance and FDI is limited
, particularly in the context of Latin America.  Continue reading