The Cost of Registering Property: Does Legal Origin Matter?
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); World Bank - Enterprise Analysis Unit
Jamal Ibrahim Haidar
September 1, 2010
Empirical Economics, Volume 42, Number 3 (2012), 1035-1050
There is a large literature that finds that common law countries perform better than civil law countries in various aspects of the institutional environment. The present paper extends these findings to another dimension of institutional quality - the cost of registering property. In a sample of 121 countries, we find that the cost of registering property is lower by 26 percent of the world average in common law compared with civil law countries, a result largely driven by differences in non-notary costs of registering property. We provide plausible explanations for these findings.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Legal origin, Institutions, Property registration
JEL Classification: D23, H1, H82, K00, K11, N20, P11, P14, P51
Date posted: October 20, 2008 ; Last revised: June 7, 2012