Why Nations Fail

Speaker:
Daron Acemoglu Coauthor, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty; Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider:
Isobel Coleman Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
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In his new book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu looks at why some nations prosper and why some fail. He concludes that it depends on whether institutions are pluralistic and inclusive or extractive and autocratic.

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