Inequality and guard labor, or prohibition and guard labor?
Vincent Geloso and
Vadim Kufenko ()
No 06-2017, Hohenheim Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences from University of Hohenheim, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences
In this paper, we consider whether or not inequality forces society to expend more resources on supervision which imposes an extra cost to doing business. Some argue that since inequality deteriorates social capital, there is a greater need for supervisory labor which is a costly burden to bear. We propose an alternative (but not mutually exclusive) explanation. We argue that the war on drugs leads to institutional decay and lower levels of trust which, in turn, force private actors to deploy resources to supervise workers and protect themselves. Our explanation complements the argument regarding the link between inequality and guard labor.
Keywords: Economic Growth; Inequality; Drugs; Guard Labor (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N11 N21 E31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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