In the end, a country’s progress depends almost entirely on its domestic policies and institutions, not on outside factors such as foreign aid. Policymakers should recognize that foreign aid has not caused the worldwide shift toward the market and that appeals for more foreign aid, even when intended to promote the market, will continue to do more harm than good.

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