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Property Rights, Development, and Democratic Transitions: The Path Ahead

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz, Since the publication of Hernando de Soto's landmark book The Mystery of Capital in 2000, the link between property rights and economic development, especially for the world's poor, has become increasingly well understood. More recently, the events of the Arab Spring have thrown the relationship between property rights and democracy into sharper focus, emphasizing how the lack of access to property rights is intertwined with the lack of larger economic opportunity and democratic representation. Read more…

Driving Growth Through Economic Freedom and the Rule of Law

Boris Begović, Economic freedom contributes to economic growth by fostering competition among actors, leading to increased innovations, efficiency, and ultimately, productivity. Economic freedom also allows investments to be more efficient, leading to growth. Read more…

What's Next for Women in the World?

Lauren Citrome, The World Economic Forum has surveyed 114 countries each year since 2006 to measure inequality between men and women in terms of economic participation and opportunities, educational attainment, health, and political empowerment. The Global Gender Gap Report index scores can be interpreted as the percentage of the gap that has been closed between women and men. According to their findings, no country has yet to achieve complete gender equality. Read more…

The Role of Advocacy in Building Democracies that Deliver for Women

Sandra Taylor, Frequently, business associations are the best advocates for government policies and regulations that affect business. Local business associations can identify constraints to conducting business regardless of sector or industry. The policy solutions they recommend can have a broad impact because business associations do not ask for individual favors; rather, they represent the interests of a specific sector or the business community in general. Read more…

The Role of the Private Sector in International Development

John D. Sullivan, The Center for International Private Enterprise’s (CIPE) unique approach to effecting institutional change involves partnering with members of the business community in developing countries to help them become advocates for democratic and market-oriented reform. CIPE Executive Director John D. Sullivan, Ph.D testified before the Canadian Parliament on February 13, 2012 at the invitation of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the House of Commons. Read more…

Building Bridges: Why and how key linkages between economics, democracy, and governance affect economic growth

John D. Sullivan, The debate on the best strategies to generate economic growth remains as relevant as ever, especially when it comes to the nature of political systems worldwide. Read more…

Building Institutions that Make Property Markets Work

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz, Why Property Rights and Markets Matter Read more…

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