Dispute Prevention Without Courts in Vietnam

Posted: 4 Nov 1999

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John McMillan

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Christopher M. Woodruff

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS)

Abstract

Vietnam's firms contract without the shadow of the law and only partly in the shadow of the future. Although contracting rests in part on the threat of loss of future business, firms often are willing to renegotiate following a breach, so the retaliation is not as forceful as in the standard repeated-game story and not as effective a sanction. To ensure agreements are kept, firms rely on other devices to supplement repeated-game incentives. Firms scrutinize their trading partners. Community sanctions are occasionally invoked. Transactions with greater risk of reneging are supported by more elaborate governance structures.

Suggested Citation

McMillan, John and Woodruff, Christopher, Dispute Prevention Without Courts in Vietnam. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Vol. 15, No. 3, Fall 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=172521

John McMillan (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Christopher Woodruff

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS) ( email )

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La Jolla, CA 92093-0519
United States
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