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Solomon's Knot by Robert Cooter, Hans-Bernd Schäfer

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Chapter 12

Poverty Is Dangerous—Accidents and Liability

Steel nets protect the road against rockslides from Torino to Basel in the Alps, but not from Kabul to Peshawar in the Hindu Kush. Compared to rich countries, poor countries are relatively dangerous places to drive a car, work in a factory, plug in a refrigerator, drink milk, check into a hospital, or live near something that is heavy, fast, volatile, or caustic. Statistics prove that poverty is dangerous. Road fatalities per 10,000 motor vehicles are much higher in developing and transition countries than in developed countries—around 17 per 10,000 motor vehicles in Asian countries, as high as 26 in Latin American countries, and only 2 in Western Europe.1 Work accidents also occur more ...

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