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The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails… (udgave 2003)

af Hernando De Soto

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A renowned economist's classic book on capitalism in the developing world, showing how property rights are the key to overcoming poverty "The hour of capitalism's greatest triumph," writes Hernando de Soto, "is, in the eyes of four-fifths of humanity, its hour of crisis." In The Mystery of Capital, the world-famous Peruvian economist takes up one of the most pressing questions the world faces today: Why do some countries succeed at capitalism while others fail? In strong opposition to the popular view that success is determined by cultural differences, de Soto finds that it actually has everything to do with the legal structure of property and property rights. Every developed nation in the world at one time went through the transformation from predominantly extralegal property arrangements, such as squatting on large estates, to a formal, unified legal property system. In the West we've forgotten that creating this system is what allowed people everywhere to leverage property into wealth. This persuasive book revolutionized our understanding of capital and points the way to a major transformation of the world economy.… (mere)
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Titel:The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
Forfattere:Hernando De Soto
Info:Basic Books (2003), Paperback, 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:economics, development, politics, south america

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The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else af Hernando de Soto

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    The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some are So Rich and Some So Poor af David S. Landes (br77rino)
    br77rino: De Soto does a wonderful job of making plain the problems of Third World capitalism.
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I have had the privilege of meeting the Hernando de Soto back in 2006 while attending training at his Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima. I can count among those who have also implemented in practice the theories that de Soto puts forward in the book, through my involvement in a joint policy research program on property rights in Albania. It is enriching and fascinating book to read, as well as both well researched and written. I am also proud to have contributed to editing its translation into Albanian. ( )
  Indrit | Dec 12, 2019 |
Excellent overview of how we use property to create capital and how most of the world does not have a system for documenting ownership. Most people live in an extralegal system. Has recommendations for changing the systems so that real capitalism can work. ( )
  ShadowBarbara | Jan 27, 2017 |
Only read half of this ( we get the idea ) although it is very good ( I also kept flashin on ' Thieves World ', the Asprin books ... hm ... ) ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Hernando de Soto is a Peruvian economist. In this book, he provides an answer to the question of "Why capitalism triumphs in the West and fails everywhere else".

The answer is that in third-world countries, poor people are unable to realise their potential as savers or entrepreneurs because they come up against laws that make it difficult for them to legally own property or run businesses. Of course, poor people in these countries do "own" property (houses in shanty towns, or smallholdings in the countryside) and run businesses, but they do so outside of the official legal system, which creates problems for them.

To get an idea of just how difficult the migrant's life was, my research team and I opened a small garment workshop on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Our goal was to create a new and perfectly legal business. The team then began filling in the forms, standing in the lines, and making the bus trips into central Lima to get all the certifications required to operate, according to the letter of the law, a small business in Peru. They spent six hours a day at it and finally registered the business - 289 days later. Although the garment workshop was geared to operating with only one worker, the cost of legal registration was $1,231 - thirty-one times the monthly minimum wage.

The argument of the book is that Western economies took off as a result of having created property laws that led to large numbers of people (not just elites) being able to own property and run businesses.

What I take from this book is that governments that don't provide real opportunities and incentives for poor people to save, invest, and run businesses are crippling their economies.

The Mystery of Capital covers a lot of ground, looking at the issue of property rights for the poor from various angles. It's a relatively slim book (275 pages). I'm giving it four stars because I found it a bit boring in places (it is a serious book on economics, after all), but if you are interested in economics and development then I think it is a book you should read. ( )
1 stem Akiyama | Sep 8, 2014 |
For Ed Feulner- With friendship and admiration as always, Hernando September 27, 2000
  efeulner | May 2, 2014 |
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A renowned economist's classic book on capitalism in the developing world, showing how property rights are the key to overcoming poverty "The hour of capitalism's greatest triumph," writes Hernando de Soto, "is, in the eyes of four-fifths of humanity, its hour of crisis." In The Mystery of Capital, the world-famous Peruvian economist takes up one of the most pressing questions the world faces today: Why do some countries succeed at capitalism while others fail? In strong opposition to the popular view that success is determined by cultural differences, de Soto finds that it actually has everything to do with the legal structure of property and property rights. Every developed nation in the world at one time went through the transformation from predominantly extralegal property arrangements, such as squatting on large estates, to a formal, unified legal property system. In the West we've forgotten that creating this system is what allowed people everywhere to leverage property into wealth. This persuasive book revolutionized our understanding of capital and points the way to a major transformation of the world economy.

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