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Record number 442934
Title An Island Drifting Apart. Why Haiti is mired in poverty while the Dominican Republic forges ahead
Author(s) Frankema, E.H.P.; Masé, A.
Source Journal of International Development 26 (2014)1. - ISSN 0954-1748 - p. 128 - 148.
Department(s) Rural and Environmental History
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) latin-america
Abstract The 2010 earthquake in Haiti has exposed the extreme vulnerability of a society where the state and the economy simultaneously fail to deliver. The Dominican Republic has witnessed several phases of rapid economic growth since the 1870s and, from the 1970s onwards, a sustained process of political emancipation. Douglas North, John Wallis and Barry Weingast have developed a conceptual framework to explain different long-term performance characteristics of societies, which we apply to the case of Hispaniola. We argue that it captures the internal logic of the political economy of both societies but fails to account for the effect of different foreign relations.
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