(22 min) The full interview is published on YouTube here: YouTube-link.
"For those who wish to obtain an overall understanding of the potential and pitfalls of SEZs, as well as understanding of the multiple types and past successes and failures, this relatively thin volume provides the best overall description and analysis produced to date."
Read the whole thing here.
I converse with author, aquapreneur, and President of the Seasteading Institute Joe Quirk. Download the podcast here.
His comment to the podcast: "I wouldn’t understand the power of seasteading if I didn’t understand the power of Special Economic Zones. What are those? Let’s ask the expert."
The conference will take place on August 11-12, in San Francisco.
"The Startup Societies Summit is a trade show for "startup societies" or small experimental governments such as smart cities, special economic zones, eco-villages, micro states, intentional communities, and even "seasteading"."
I believe this will be the greatest gathering of innovative thinkers in new communities in a good while. There is still an opportunity to register your attendance!
More information at the Link.
"Might renewed protectionism in the U.S. usher in the rise of SEZs on a large-scale here? It would be an easy way for the Trump administration to preserve manufacturing jobs while pursuing protectionism."
Blob post here.
Don Boudreaux's own book blurb: "Lotta Moberg here explains, with a rare combination of sophistication and clarity, the promises and pitfalls of Special Economic Zones. Packing impressive institutional and theoretical knowledge into each page, this study is by far the best single analysis that I’ve read on SEZs. It should – it will – become an instant classic on the subject."
Blog link here.
This is his own blurb for the book:"‘What do Special Economic Zones actually accomplish? And what are there drawbacks and limitations? Lotta Moberg’s The Political Economy of Special Economic Zones mixes theory and empirics to offer the very best available answers to these questions.’ ― Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University, USA"
My favorite comment: "Is Lotta Moberg a real name?"
Order it from Amazon here.
Or from Routledge here.
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become a popular development policy throughout the world over the last half a century. These zones form designated areas where governments offer businesses lower taxes, tariffs, and often lighter regulations. Generally, SEZs aim to attract investments and raise a country’s export and employment rates, but although success stories are often cited, there are numerous failed projects that have instead become burdens for their host countries.
This book examines SEZs from a political economy perspective, both to dissect the incentives of governments, zone developers, and exporters, and to uncover both the hidden costs and untapped potential of zone policies. Costs include misallocated resources, the encouragement of rent-seeking, and distraction of policy-makers from more effective reforms. However, the zones also have several unappreciated benefits. They can change the politics of a country, by generating a transition from a system of rent-seeking to one of liberalized open markets. In revealing the hidden promise of SEZs, this book shows how the SEZ model of development can succeed in the future.
Applying frameworks from various schools of political economy, this volume places SEZs in the context of their mixed past and promising future. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in international economics, development economics, and political economy, including practitioners and consultants of SEZ policies.
Book available for pre-order!
You can order the book from amazon here