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Title:Plunder & Protection Inc. PDF Logo
Authors:Mehlum, Halvor
Moene, Karl Ove
Torvik, Ragnar
Issue Date:2002
Series/Report no.:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2002,10
Abstract:When the state fails to supply basic security and protection of property, violent entrepreneurs not only seize the opportunity of plundering, but some also enter the protection business and provide protection against plunderers. This uncoordinated division of labor is advantageous for the entire group of violent entrepreneurs. Hence, in weak states a situation may arise where a large number of violent entrepreneurs can operate side by side as plunderers and protectors squeezing the producers from both sides. The problem reached new levels at the end of the cold war. As military forces were demobilized without civilian jobs to go to, many countries got an oversupply of qualiÞed violent people for crime, warfare and private protection. In this .market for extortion. the entry of new violent entrepreneurs enhances the proÞtability of them all. The supply of violence creates its own demand; an externality of violence that is detrimental to the development in poor countries.
Subjects:entrepreneurs
plundering
extortion
violence
JEL:A10
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

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