Do you have examples of government intervention affecting the social capital?
Has the imperfect knowledge, yet self-interested assumption, been applied to government?
Is there a line that determines in which cases intervention is good or bad?
Do you have an example of "good" social intervention?
Tocqueville mentions in his book Democracy in America a case about the tradition of informal institutions and the importance of how governments
have to reflect informal institutions. What do you think about opt-in mechanisms?
Christopher Coyne analyzes the effects of government interventions and the social capital. He emphasizes in the economic calculation that is possible through private property, which generates markets, and subsequently, generates prices that point out the opportunity cost to individuals. He discusses the results of such interventions and shows how it distorts the relative process of capital structure, also explaining that since government is non-profit, economic calculations cannot be engaged, and as a result the resources are not efficiently allocated; interventionism misrepresents the relative prices of the capital structure. Coyne presents two critiques to understand the dynamic of interventionism, the Austrian political economy and the public choice critique, both based on knowledge and motivational assumptions. Finally, he mentions that interveners are unable to assess the exact results of their intervention because of the complexity of the economy.
Government Intervention and the Structure of Social Capital Christopher Coyne
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Christopher Coyne is the F.A. Harper Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center and professor of economics at George Mason University. He is also the North American Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, and a member of the board of scholars for the Virginia Institute for Public Policy. Coyne is the author of After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy, the coauthor (with Peter Leeson) of Media, Development and Institutional Change, and the coeditor (with Rachel Mathers) of The Handbook on the Political Economy of War. Coyne holds a BS in Business Administration from Manhattan College, an MA and PhD in Economics from George Mason University.