Wall Street Journal Reviews Haber and Menaldo paper

Monday, May 2, 2011
Stephen Haber is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institutio
Stephen Haber is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institutio

Stephen Haber, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Victor Menaldo, a national fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2009–10, worked together to write Rainfall, Human Capital, and Democracy, which has received excellent reviews from the Wall Street Journal. In the “Week in Ideas” column on April 9, 2011, Christopher Shea states that “the authors argue that moderate rainfall and arable land create economies in which small farms produce grain and legumes above the subsistence level.” Matt Ridley gives rave reviews to the working paper in “For Democracy, Bet on Peas over Pineapples,” expressing Haber and Menaldo’s argument that “historically, stable democracy has depended on the growing of grain, because it is a tradable commodity and is best grown on a small scale. Therefore, they say, the parts of the world suited to grain-growing have developed the institutions that build equitably distributed human capital and hence democracy.” Click here to read the full article.