Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?

Is Capitalism Good for the Poor? program analyses empirical evidence to address the question of how capitalist institutionsinfluence the well-being of the poor, whether in the context of communist China, in Brazil’s rainforest frontier, in democratic but tradition-bound India, or in the civil strife in certain African nations. Drawing from the insights of economic historian and Nobel Iaurate, Douglass North, the discourse on economic development has shifted towards a focus on institutions, often referred to as the “rules of the game” that shape a nation’s expected behavior and patterns of interaction. 

One Day Seminars qualify for one graduate hour credit in economics from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for an additional fee. Please see the UCCS Optional Graduate Credit page for further information. 


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