Published as “The Convergence between Technocracy and Populism” in El País, August 14, p. 23.
Citizens should know the real costs of their wishes
For a populist, it is the market alone that is responsible for the crisis so the solution necessarily lies in increasing political control of the economy. Since a populist believes that political will … →
Published in El País with the title “La culpa es nuestra“, 13 April 2014, p. 31
It is not only elites who are “extractive”; citizens, the masses, also are
Now that we have seen that the reforms needed to get over the crisis are only being applied late and wrongly, more and more people are blaming the political … →
Published in El Periódico, November 26, 2013 (supplement Valor, 6-7).
Foreign investors are back in Spain, with their sights set on anything from property to shares. The Spanish Stock Market has risen by 19% in a year, the sovereign risk premium is almost half what it was and the implicit probability of default has dropped from 43% … →
The Organizations and Markets blog is holding an online discussion on my book Foundations of Impersonal Exchange (University of Chicago Press, 2012): click here to access all posts and comments.… →
Interview by Abel Hernández, published at Sintetia on September 24 (first part) and 26 (second part), 2012
Benito Arruñada is Professor of Business Organization at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. His research is at the borders of Organization, Economics and Law. He has published a large number of books and scientific articles, and his most recent … →
Over recent years, governments and international organizations have been doing their best to “simplify” business formalities but with little success. They have often been satisfied with reducing the number of procedures and the most notorious costs involved. However, they should have considered all costs – irrespective of their public notoriety – to ensure the reliability and, in general, the value … →
Arruñada, Benito (2011), “Limiting Mortgage Liability Would Be an Error”, La Vanguardia, March 20, Dinero, 13.
There have been plenty of proposals for limiting debtors’ liability in mortgages. Doing so for existing mortgages would be unfair and rash because it would go against the rule of law. But even for future mortgages it would be a costly mistake. In … →
Arruñada, Benito (2011), “Compulsory No-recourse in Mortgage Lending: A Bad Idea,” Expansión, February 23, 46.
In spite of certain court decisions and statements to the contrary, most judges and observers in Spain consider that, in cases of insolvency, mortgage loans should be foreclosed, applying the debtor’s unlimited liability clause that is typical of mortgages in this country. This means … →
Arruñada, Benito (2010), “Let Us Learn from the US Mortgage Chaos” Expansión, October 26.
The mortgage foreclosure crisis in the US offers several lessons for Spain. It warns us of the risk involved if the debtor responds only with the property, and it shows the value of our institutions. First, US mortgages are a primitive form of setting a … →
Arruñada, Benito (2010), “A Country of Unemployment and Self-service,” Cinco Días, April 1, p. 14.
It has always surprised me that in countries richer than Spain, gas stations have staff to fill our tanks, a job that in Spain we have to do for ourselves. Now I know why. It is for the same reason that AENA, the Spanish … →