Infrastructure and Hernando De Soto

Why does democratic capitalism seem to thrive in one part of the world and fail so dramatically in others?

In his 2003 book The Mystery of Capital , Peruvian economist Hernando De Soto makes an argument that has radically changed my view of the challenges facing democratic capitalism in North America. In his book, he makes the case that for much of the world, capitalism fails to take hold because the basic structure of property and property rights doesn’t support it. Unless it is possible for an individual or organization to own land outright without threat of seizure, these land assets cannot be used to generate more capital.

Read the full article in The Toronto Star.