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Reading Notes on Dasgupta, "Economics: A Very Short Introduction": Communities

Reading Notes on Dasgupta, "Economics: A Very Short Introduction": Trust

Discussion Questions:

  • About what fraction of our wealth is the result of--or, perhaps, is enabled by--our collective ability to engage in a very large distribution of labor (rather than requiring that each extended household be close to self-sufficient)?
  • What are the possible ways of creating the "trust" needed for a small-scale--within the village or within the herding band, say--distribution of labor?
  • What are the possible ways of creating the "trust" needed for a large-scale division of labor?
  • What, in the world we see around us, turn out to be the most important ways of creating the "trust" needed to maintain a large-scale division of labor?

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