Review of de Soto's The Mystery of Capital
- (pp. 1215-1223)
AbstractIn The Mystery of Capital, Hernando de Soto promotes his explanation of why formal capital markets function poorly in developing countries. De Soto argues that much of the population of developing countries lacks access to credit, not because they lack assets, but because ownership of their property is secured informally, which prevents the use of property as collateral. The inability to convert assets into capital keeps the developing world from benefiting from capitalism.
CitationWoodruff, Christopher. 2001. "Review of de Soto's The Mystery of Capital." Journal of Economic Literature, 39 (4): 1215-1223. DOI: 10.1257/jel.39.4.1215
- O16 Economic Development: Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
- O17 Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
- P14 Capitalist Systems: Property Rights