Title

Trust, institutions and development

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2012

Abstract

This article suggests an explanation as to why relatively prosperous societies in the 1500s were unable to protect themselves from the colonialist powers. It reasons that while the prevalence of institutions fostering mutual trust among citizens allowed the earlier prosperous societies to achieve a degree of prosperity that same trust led to lower investments in defence and the eventual fall of the society. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Applied Economics Letters

First Page

145

Last Page

147

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