Reading Why Nations Fail in Mexico  
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

With all this discussion of Slim, monopolies and well, let’s face it, extractive institutions in the air in Mexico, you might have conjectured that Why Nations Fail was selling like hot cakes. Not quite hotcakes but the Spanish Translation has actually done quite well in a number of places. It was even the 5th best selling book in Colombia last year after the autobiography of President Álvaro Uribe and the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (…well you couldn’t really have expected us to outsell them!).

Not in Mexico. In fact the leading bookseller in Mexico, Sanborns, does not stock it (James checked recently at the branch in the Centro Histórico next to Porfirio Díaz’s wonderful Palacio de Bellas Artes – they didn’t have it and hadn’t heard of it).


But then someone suggested a simple explanation: Sanborns is owned by Carlos Slim.


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