A Globalist Manifesto for Public Policy (Occasional Paper, by Charles Calomiris

By Charles Calomiris

The global pattern towards privatization, liberalization, and globalization has produced massive financial merits.

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18 Although there are many useful success stories to learn from in all these areas of institution building, wholesale adoption of other countries’ successful institutions is never as easy in practice as it sounds in theory. Even simple principles of property rights are harder to get right than one might imagine. For example, in The Mystery of Capital, DeSoto’s discussion of the evolution of laws governing squatters’ rights in the United States nicely illustrates how property law has to co-evolve with the specific historical circumstances of ownership and use; he persuasively argues that it is crucial to establish a process through which this can happen effectively.

O’Rourke and Williamson emphasise that during the pre-World War I period, emigration was the most powerful force for increasing growth worldwide, as it allowed workers to move from low-wage to high-wage countries. 11 In the postwar era, limits on immigration into high-wage areas 11 See Jeffrey G. Williamson, ‘Globalisation, Convergence and History’, Journal of Economic History, 56, June 1996, pp. 1–30; Kevin O’Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson, Globalisation and History, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1999; Lance E.

O’Rourke and Williamson emphasise that during the pre-World War I period, emigration was the most powerful force for increasing growth worldwide, as it allowed workers to move from low-wage to high-wage countries. 11 In the postwar era, limits on immigration into high-wage areas 11 See Jeffrey G. Williamson, ‘Globalisation, Convergence and History’, Journal of Economic History, 56, June 1996, pp. 1–30; Kevin O’Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson, Globalisation and History, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1999; Lance E.

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