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August 18, 2008 3:54 AM Subscribe
I have just started reading 'The Mystery of Capital'
by the celebrated Peruvian economist, Hernando de Soto
. Having lived in Brazil for many years and seen, on a daily basis, the irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit of which he writes, I can relate to the book and whole-heartedly support the fundamental idea running through it that clearly-defined property rights and simplified procedures for starting new businesses represent the best solution to eradicating poverty in the Third World.
I have an 18,000-word Masters in International Business thesis to submit by June 2009. I'd appreciate your suggestions, Metafilter.
posted by Zé Pequeno to Education (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Originally, I was going to write about the future of Mercosur and the prospect of the emergence of a single-currency zone. The 'informal economy' really interests me though; more than anything, in fact. I majored in International Politics and I spent a lot of time in university reading about free markets and globalisation, supporting the idea in principle but never fully understanding why it didn't always seem to work in practice, especially given the natural capitalism and industry of the greatest part of the world's poor.
I am travelling to India to work with my company for the month of January and anticipate returning to Brazil in February (I'm currently in Spain). I was wondering whether Metafilter, as erudite as you all are, could give me some suggestions for a really fascinating, promising topic into which I could delve deep and write something original involving Brazil, the informal economy and, perhaps, India. Comparisons are often drawn between the two countries, so I think it could be a very happy match indeed. I am willing to read extensively and carry out extensive field work.
I'm looking for a good balance between something sufficiently academic and theoretical on the one hand, and on the other something that will sustain the reader's interest and not end up turgid and too 'ivory towerish'.
I would love to read your thoughts on the book itself, and any suggestions for my thesis.
On a separate but related note, I would like to know the best way to get in contact with De Soto himself.