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A General Theory of Economic Development

Towards a Capitalist Manifesto

Sung-Hee Jwa

This book makes the bold attempt at proposing a new general theory of economic development. The main premise is that economic institutions and policies must embody ‘economic discrimination’ if there is to be any chance of real economic development. By economic discrimination, the author means ‘treating differences differently’ by selecting and supporting economic entities and behaviour that contribute positively to the economy. The book identifies markets, government and corporations as the ‘holy trinity of economic development’, that is, the three most important institutions that must work together via economic discrimination to steer the economy towards real transformative progress. The book also warns against the current trend of economic egalitarianism or ‘not treating differences differently’ because it destroys economic incentives and results in an array of economic problems including growth stagnation.
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Chapter 6: Corporations in economic development

Towards a Capitalist Manifesto

Sung-Hee Jwa

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This chapter discusses the important role of the corporate firm in capitalism and in economic development. Firms are seen as complementing markets, as a market expander by helping to overcome transaction costs in the overall economy by their command-and-control structures. The chapter also discusses how corporate growth incentives can be secured without necessarily encouraging monopoly power.

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