Incentives vs institutions

August 5, 2009 at 1:24 pm

| Gabriel |

As anyone who has ever written an empirical paper knows, one of the hardest things is coming up with what can charitably be called a “compelling null” and cynically a “good straw man.” Behold, a gift I bestow (via MR) unto macro economic sociologists of the world polity school. A new NBER theory piece argues that the global institutionalization of child labor bans will delay the actual diffusion of child labor bans in low income countries. From henceforth, anyone caring to do a world polity paper (or conversely, a public choice / RCT political economy paper) can have that most desirable of things, a “competing predictions” lit review.

You’re welcome.

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