The Cost Of Institutions

Overview

How do institutions shape the long-term direction of economies? What are the relevant causes of institutional change? How do institutions alter our standards of rationality and the possibilities of individual action? And are institutions raising or lowering the total sum of costs in the social order?

Addressing such questions, The Cost of Institutions is a detailed account of how institutions impose information costs on markets—economic, political, and cultural. This book ...

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Overview

How do institutions shape the long-term direction of economies? What are the relevant causes of institutional change? How do institutions alter our standards of rationality and the possibilities of individual action? And are institutions raising or lowering the total sum of costs in the social order?

Addressing such questions, The Cost of Institutions is a detailed account of how institutions impose information costs on markets—economic, political, and cultural. This book disputes the possibility that a market under scale can achieve equilibrium. It argues that as institutions attempt to support the growth of markets, they evolve with a general tendency to favor a specific form of information. The authors explain how this distortion in the information base of the economy biases the incentive system and the pattern of resource allocation; they further explain how it transforms production probabilities and the intricacies of human exchange, causing the loss of the capacity to preserve individual liberty.

Scholars and students from a variety of fields will welcome The Cost of Institutions, which identifies the dominant factors that link the interaction of institutions across markets and, in so doing, takes a major step toward the development of an integrated theory of institutions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403979698
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob P. Rodriguez received his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University. His current research interests include institutional change, the behavior of information in the economy, collective decision-making, and philosophies of education.
Steven R. Loomis serves on the faculty of Wheaton College in Illinois. His research interests include the political economy of institutions worldwide.
Joseph G. Weeres received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is Professor Emeritus at The Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on institutional development, leadership and policy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Expansion Under Uncertainty
• The State: An Information Theory
• Establishing Direction in Production: The Special Case of Education
• The Individual and Collective in Education
• Politics and Markets: The Logic of Convergence
• Market Failure in the Preservation of Liberty

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