Un juego que no suma cero, explains the logic of interchange and property rights

The book Un juego que no suma cero  (A game that does not add zero), by Manuel F. Ayau, is already available in the bookstores at the of the Francisco Marroquín University campus, and in bookstores like Sophos.

The same one is dedicated “to young people who have a sincere desire to understand how humanity progresses, when nobody prevents people to dispose freely and pacifically and of their own legitimate possessions”.

In his work, Ayau explains that “this text does not intend to explain what is understood by the professional economists, international trade scholars.  It is directed to the general reader, the politician, the industralist and to people involved or interested in property rights and trade.  In it the foundation of interchange is explained, the economic law known as compared costs law and, other important economic questions that have subtle implications in the social and economic policy that are not trivial”.

Alberto Benegas Lynch (h), outstanding Argentine economist, wrote regarding Un juego que no suma cero  that, “this is a key work to understand the creation of wealth in an open society and the poverty produced by recipies that bureaucracies try to design the nature of things handling to their own will other people’s lives and properties.

The authors lengthy reference on what originaly was called the compared costs law, must be emphasized, and his ingenious articulation regarding the close relationships between trades general theory and property rights, which he illustrates with great examples and a couple of clarifying annexes.  In the same way, he teaches the triangular agreementes in property transfers and the errors lead by assuming that international trade is made by countries, antropomorphism that does not shows the real interpersonal relations that really happen.

In his multiple articles, essays and books, as in his classes at the University he founded with his friends, Ayau leaves a pricels testimony and an example of excellence for future generations at the same time he applies the extraordinary prosperity and the increasing opportunities that a free society gives, specially for the most needed.  We must finally say that this book that Ayau gives us, in spite of dealing with a subject great depth, is written in such a way that its easy and extremely accessible to all public, wich does not excludes the economist from reading it.

The work, published by the Centro de Estudios Económico Sociales (Social Economic Studies Center), has a price of Q50 each copy.  It is available at the CEES, that is located in the Ludwig von Mises Library Building; at the Bookstore sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, in the Students Center, the Marro-King Bookstore, of the Academic Building; and in Sophos Bookstore, at Avenida La Reforma 13-89, zona 10.

Interested in the causes of the subdevelopment, Manuel F. Ayau undertook the study of the Economy and Law. In 1957 he founded the Centro de Estudios Económico Sociales (Social Economic Studies Center).  He was founder of the Francisco Marroquín University and President of the same one from 1972 to 1988.  He has participated internationally in the academic world as quality member and director of the Mont Pelerin Society, of which he presided in 1978-80; fiduciary of the Foundation for Economic Education and of the Liberty Fund since 1978.  He is author of several books and many articles published in press and national and foreign magazines.