Why Nations Fail

The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Why Nations Fail

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Why Nations Fail
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The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
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Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

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Why Nations Fail
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The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
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Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

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In Why Nations Fail, two economists investigate a question that knows no easy answer: why are some nations rich while others are poor? Why is life so drastically different on opposite sides of a border — whether between South and North Korea, Haiti and the Dominican Republic or the U.S. and Mexico? Damon Acemoglu and James Robinson argue for the importance of man-made political and economic institutions, more so than other features like geography or culture.

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