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dc.contributor.advisorKrieckhaus, Jonathan Tabor, 1967-eng
dc.contributor.authorFails, Matthew David, 1982-eng
dc.date.issued2009eng
dc.date.submitted2009 Summereng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb 26, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Jonathan Krieckhaus.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh.D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] An influential literature argues that strong property rights are at the core of modern economic prosperity. Theoretically, property rights reduce the transaction costs of economic exchange and create incentives for innovation and investment. Empirically, there is considerable evidence that strong property rights lead to higher per capita incomes and faster rates of economic growth. But what determines property rights in the first place? Surprisingly, there is little research exploring this important question. My study fills this gap by using political factors to explain why property rights vary cross-nationally. Core chapters demonstrate how political institutions, including the constraints of democracy and checks and balances, enhance the security of property rights. Political interests, such as the poor majority's desire for redistribution and the calculus political elites use to prolong their power, also shape property rights. Considered in total, the project creates an important framework for understanding the relationship between politics and economic performance.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.format.extentix, 167 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc608070834eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/6972eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/6972
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campuses of the University of Missouri.eng
dc.subject.lcshInstitutional economicseng
dc.subject.lcshRight of propertyeng
dc.subject.lcshEconomic developmenteng
dc.titleThe political economy of property rights : institutions, interests, and economic prosperityeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical science (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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