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Federico Varese

Federico Varese

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Federico Varese, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford, is the author of Mafia Life: Love, Death, and Money at the Heart of Organized Crime.

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    China as Economic Bogeyman

    Dani Rodrik

    Many Western economists presume that governments are not very good at identifying industries that merit support, and that domestic consumers and taxpayers incur the bulk of the costs. By the same logic, if Chinese policymakers effectively targeted activities where social benefits exceed private benefits, then it is not clear why foreigners should complain.

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