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Video

Description:

Have you ever thought much about property rights? Many believe ownership protections primarily favor the wealthy, but it turns out that the wealthy and politically connected actually benefit more when ownership is vulnerable. Without strong property rights, those with the power are able to take property from those who lack such political connections. In places like Zimbabwe—where the government is able to confiscate profits, merchandise, and even businesses with ease—the lack of property protections has been one cause of the country's decline. Today, Zimbabwe is the poorest country in the world, and eroded property rights are at least partially to blame. Prof. Dan Russell argues that "doing less to protect ownership turns out to be a really effective way to create poverty." Perhaps property rights deserve protecting. Except, maybe, among Finnish race car drivers.

Subjects:

  • Social Studies > Economics

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Higher Education

Keywords:

free market, property rights, rule of law

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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