Ed West wonders:
Why do some cultures react to disaster by reverting to everyone for himself, but others especially the Japanese display altruism even in adversity?
Easterly uses the lack of looting to explain a development principle:
Economists have been saying for a while that trust is a good candidate to be a major determinant of development. Think how much contract enforcement is critical to make trade and finance possible. Think how much easier contract enforcement is when nobody tries to cheat.
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