by Alex Tabarrok
on January 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm
in Current Affairs, Economics
Port-au-Prince, Charter City?
Hat tip: Tim Kane.
I was thinking the exact same thing after reading your post about Haiti, yesterday.
If that idea gets traction, I would join Paul Romer for a 5-10 year commitment to get it done. Such a good idea, it would be a no-brainer.
I think it depends. The time limit suggested by Romer (e.g Hong Kong: 100 years) would theoretically make it more transparent and acceptable.
There are also other rules, capital controls, for example, that could make it more desirable.
But, in the end, obviously, the local population would have to embrace the idea.
Tyler asked: “Is there any scenario in which the survivors, twenty years from now, are better off, compared to the quake never having taken place?”
I would argue that a successful charter city in/around Port Au Prince would be one such scenario, of which there are necessarily few.
Panama isn’t perfect by a long stretch. Lots of inequality and criticism that the measured statistics don’t capture reality outside urban/suburban areas.
Still, on GDP/capita and life expectancy, Panama’s experience looks pretty good (certainly better than Haiti had done pre-quake):
More arguments in favor here: http://www.cohortzero.com
Thanks for sharing this article. The earthquake was a real disaster. I must say.
It sounds to me as if the charter city idea would protect the Haitian elites from accountability to the rest of the country (through politics or revolution.) Essentially, it would be giving international support to creating an entrepot out of the natural capital of the nation. The ruling class of Haiti has been sucking Haiti dry from Port Au Prince for centuries: do we need to give them an internationally protected status in addition?
It’s a stupid idea.
One of romer’s points about the charter city model being opposed to colonialism was charter cities being established on uninhabited land. My understanding is that haiti is extremely densely populated. Where are we going to get uninhabited land in haiti?
You’ll have the international leftist community screaming ‘shock doctrine’ in absolutely no time, if this proposal was put forth. A sad commentary on our present state of affairs since it is actually one of the better proposals.
Can we utilize individuals fantasies in order to Haiti? The very first issue is migration–people have to have the ability to migrate for you to regions of the decision, anywhere in the actual cost-free world. Sad to say effortlessly won’t be fulfilled. But, we will have to be worried about pushed migration since the majority of very likely will probably be so that you can refugee camps work through the N’t, that is certainly, your mafia involving worldwide bureaucrats.
Political prejudice is political prejudice and those on the right and the left are going to have so much blood on their hands in regards to the Haitian people. The right wont let them into America and the left will cry foul if you try to set up a Honk Kong esque charter city such as Romer’s proposal.
At best, when the emphasis on the libertarian, an utopian libertarian is a private developer, and since there is already a lot of competition I must say good luck. At worst, when the emphasis is on the utopian, an utopian libertarian is not different from an utopian socialist.
The first condition is migration–people must be able to migrate to areas of their choice, anywhere in the free world. Unfortunately this condition will never be met.
The right wont let them into America and the left will cry foul if you try to set up a Honk Kong esque charter city such as Romer’s proposal.
nice and a very unique post. i agree with this, in the event the stress is on the Utopian, a very strong Utopian libertarian is not at all different from a Utopian socialist. thanks for sharing.
Nice article,thanks alot for sharing,I think there are also other rules, capital controls, for example, that could make it more desirable.
Spain, which is serving the rotating presidency of the European Union, has proposed that the Haitians should lead off the reconstruction of their own country and that it should be the Haitians who are to decide the fate of their own country.so better haiti should take the measures
I don’t think anyone is going to be too excited to give control over a national capitol to a foreign nation (especially a country with a colonial legacy like Haiti).
Just must to say good luck. At worst, when the emphasis is on the utopian, an utopian libertarian is not different from an utopian socialist..Thanks
Well Its really so sad to see. All of these struggling people who are living in hell but we simply cant help them because of our political ideologies!!!!
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.The earthquake was a real disaster.It is really sad to see about All of that struggling people who are living in hell.
Great stuff as usual… But is it sad The all of these struggling people who are living in hell but we simply cant help them because of our political ideologies!!!!Thank you so much for that awfully impressive post.
I’d say a charter city – the local administration gets way more leeway in running things than municipalities in Latin America.
Interesting post.. Can we utilize individuals fantasies in order to Haiti? The very first issue is migration–people have to have the ability to migrate for you to regions of the decision,Thanks a lot for sharing
Very nice write up. I got a lot of useful stuff from this post. Looking forward to reading your upcoming posts. Keep it up!
The very first issue is migration people have to have the ability to migrate for you to regions of the decision, anywhere in the actual cost-free world.Thanks
I think it would be great.Panama’s experience looks pretty good certainly better than Haiti had done pre-quake
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