The Economic Consequences of Legal Origins
93 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2007 Last revised: 8 Sep 2010
Date Written: November 2007
In the last decade, economists have produced a considerable body of research suggesting that the historical origin of a country's laws is highly correlated with a broad range of its legal rules and regulations, as well as with economic outcomes. We summarize this evidence and attempt a unified interpretation. We also address several objections to the empirical claim that legal origins matter. Finally, we assess the implications of this research for economic reform.
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