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Bad Samaritans

The October 8, 2009, issue of New York Review of Books has a review by William Easterly, “The Anarchy of Success,” of Ha-Joon Chang’s latest book, Bad Samaritans.  No, he doesn’t like it very much.  I’m surprised Easterly comes across as such a free-market enthusiast. That’s unusual for something writing in the NYRB.  This is not to say, however, that he is wrong.  Since Chang’s book, and mine, have a number of points in common, let me say a quick word about Easterly’s argument.


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