1. Benjamin Powell & Ryan Ford, Somalia After State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement?
    Many people believe that Somalia’s economy has been in chaos since the collapse of its national government in 1991. We take a comparative institutional approach to examine Somalia’s performance relative to other African countries both when Somalia had a government and during its extended period of anarchy. We find that although Somalia is poor, its relative economic performance has improved during its period of statelessness. We also describe how Somalia has provided basic law and order and a currency, which have (...)
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  2. Benjamin Powell & Matt Zwolinski (2012). The Ethical and Economic Case Against Sweatshop Labor: A Critical Assessment. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 107 (4):449-472.
    During the last decade, scholarly criticism of sweatshops has grown increasingly sophisticated. This article reviews the new moral and economic foundations of these criticisms and argues that they are flawed. It seeks to advance the debate over sweatshops by noting the extent to which the case for sweatshops does, and does not, depend on the existence of competitive markets. It attempts to more carefully distinguish between different ways in which various parties might seek to modify sweatshop behavior, and to point (...)
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  3. Benjamin Powell & Christopher Coyne (2003). Do Pessimistic Assumptions About Human Behavior Justify Government? Journal of Libertarian Studies 17 (4):17-38.
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