Democracy and Reforms

Video 181 of 245 from the course: Development Economics
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And then at the end you admit that Democracy actually has little influence in the actual policies adopted! If that's the case then what were you talking about before with the Good reforms?

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I think that by "Good Policy" the lesson might refer to policies that a majority of economists find to be good. Of course, economists disagree on a number of issues but they agree on a significant number of politically relevant ones (of course, they could be wrong on these, but the likelihood of them being wrong might be smaller than the likelyhood of them being right). The issue of "what is good policy" is also raised in Bryan Caplan's "The Myth of the Rational Voter". He puts it like this: "Democracies frequently adopt and maintain policies harmful for most people. Protectionism is a classic example. Economists across the political spectrum have pointed out its folly for centuries, but almost every democracy restricts imports."
http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/pa594.pdf

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