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    Size definitely matters

    At least for nations. The best seller now in the The Size of Nations
    by Alberto Alesina, Enrico Spolaore
    . From the blurb:

    The authors of this timely and provocative book use the tools of economic analysis to examine the formation and change of political borders. They argue that while these issues have always been at the core of historical analysis, international economists have tended to regard the size of a country as "exogenous," or no more subject to explanation than the location of a mountain range or the course of a river. Alesina and Spolaore consider a country's borders to be subject to the same analysis as any other man-made institution. In The Size of Nations, they argue that the optimal size of a country is determined by a cost-benefit trade-off between the benefits of size and the costs of heterogeneity. In a large country, per capita costs may be low, but the heterogeneous preferences of a large population make it hard to deliver services and formulate policy. Smaller countries may find it easier to respond to citizen preferences in a democratic way.

    Definitely a must-read, seen how things are faring.

    2005-03-07 01:00 | 0 Comment(s) | Filed in

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    De: BloJJ Fecha: 2005-10-09 16:41

    Size still matters: «After all these months, The Size of Nations is still the number 1 best seller in Amazon for Spain. Close-up is Dude where\'s my country. There\'s definitely something in the spirit of times that pushes people living in Spain to read about nations»



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