McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
James P. Bailey
James P. Hanigan
Catholic social teaching, David Hollenbach, Hernando de Soto, Michael Novak, option for the poor, property rights
A Model for Humane Economic Development: Hernando de Soto, Property Rights, and the Preferential Option for the Poor provides a constructive dialogue between the works of the Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, and Catholic social teaching in order to assist people in less developed nations (LDCs) to escape the cycle of poverty. The dissertation argues that Hernando de Soto's insights to protect property rights, in conjunction with the Catholic Church's theological commitment to promote human dignity and human rights, through a preferential option for the poor, offers practical resources for sound economic development to help those trapped in poverty to become more active participants in the well ordering of society. It provides a dialogue between de Soto's work and Catholic social teaching to benefit both parties so that each participant can work toward the goal of transforming society into place where the dignity of all becomes manifest.
Van der Waag, R. (2007). A Model for Humane Economic Development: Hernando de Soto, Property Rights, and the Preferential Option for the Poor (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1302