Journal of Private Enterprise

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, Fall

Institutions North and South: What "Guns, Germs, and Steel" Can and Can't Tell Us about New World Economies
Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel has brought to a wide audience an examination of the role that climate and geography have played in shaping the path of human civilization. Historically, economic research has focused on the relationship between...
Is the Economic Way of Thinking regarding the Environment Mainstream for Teachers in Public and Private Schools?
Debates in environmental economics often focus on free markets versus the heavy hand of government. We take the view that the "economic way of thinking" is a better description for referring to our interest in environmental efficiency. Disagreements...
Male-Female Life Expectancy and Economic Freedom
Since the advent of the Industrial Revolution, death rates have been declining in industrialized countries. During the 20th century, this mortality decline spread worldwide. Since 1950, for example, life expectancy rose from 67 years to just over 80...
Private Property Rights in World Fisheries: Individual Transferable Quotas
At the beginning of the 21st century, overfishing has emerged as a major problem all over the world, not only biological overfishing-exceeding the maximum sustainable yield of a given fish stock in a given fishing ground-but also economic overfishing-investing...
The Distribution of Internet Use: A Cross-National Analysis1
The wide adoption of the Internet is one of the most dramatic economic and technological developments in recent years. The International Telecommunications Union reports that in 2002 there were 591 million Internet users worldwide. In some countries,...
The Internet and Auto Sales: Benefits and Barriers
This paper discusses the economic effects of restrictions on automobile distribution. The particular focus is on the potential for significant savings for consumers through Internet assisted automobile sales and the role of recent extensions of auto...