Lessons from the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit

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Overview

An important contribution to the literature of economic development, this book presents case studies of productive entrepreneurship in contemporary Africa and Latin America. It looks at the growth of Kenya's chain stores and one-person kiosks, the rise of barter clubs in Argentina, and Nigeria's clothing-design industry to illustrate economists' insights about entrepreneurship and the role that government regulations often play in impeding economic development.

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"Extraordinarily important for the great debate over development."  —MiamiHerald.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598130201
  • Publisher: Independent Institute, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alvaro Vargas Llosa is the director of the Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute; a lecturer on world economic and political issues at such venues as the World Economic Forum, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Council on Foreign Affairs, and the Inter-American Dialogue; and has contributed to the BBC World Service, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, Time magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Among his books are The Che Guevara Myth, the award-winning Liberty for Latin America, and The Madness of Things Peruvian. He lives in Washington, DC. James D. Gwartney is professor of economics, holder of the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar Chair, and director of the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   James D. Gwartney     vii
Introduction: Lessons from the Poor   Alvaro Vargas Llosa     xi
Amid Hopelessness, Hopeful Investment: The Case of the Ananos Family and Kola Real   Daniel Cordova     1
Defeating Poverty Doing Business: The Case of the Flores Family and Topy Top   Daniel Cordova     55
Nakumatt: A Kenyan Supermarket   June Arunga   Scott Beaulier     121
The Nigerian Clothing Design Industry   Thompson Ayodele     163
Barter Clubs in Argentina: The Market's Response to the Failure of the State   Martin Simonetta   Gustavo Lazzari   Gabriel Gasave     209
Freedom, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth   Joshua C. Hall   Russell S. Sobel     247
About the Editor and Contributors     269
Index     274
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