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Appropriation, Property Rights Institutions, and International Trade

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  • Christodoulos Stefanadis

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In producer-friendly economies—economies that are ruled by productive agents and have strong property rights institutions—international trade causes an institutional improvement and an aggregate shift of talent towards production, and away from socially wasteful appropriation. However, in predator-friendly economies—economies that are ruled by rent seekers and have weak institutions—international trade leads to an institutional deterioration, and a more unfavorable talent allocation. (JEL D72, F12, K11)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 148-72

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Cited by:
  1. Andrei A. Levchenko, 2011. "International Trade and Institutional Change," NBER Working Papers 17675, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Mehrdad Vahabi, 2011. "Appropriation, violent enforcement and transaction costs : a critical survey," Post-Print hal-00629109, HAL.
  3. Matteo Cervellati & Alireza Naghavi & Farid Toubal, 2014. "Trade Liberalization, Democratization and Technology Adoption," Working Papers 2014-08, CEPII research center.
  4. Vincenzo Bove & Leandro Elia & Petros G. Sekeris, 2013. "U.S. Security Strategy and the Gains from Bilateral Trade," Working Papers 1302, University of Namur, Department of Economics.
  5. Andrei A. Levchenko & Quý Toà n Ão, 2006. "Trade, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Institutions," IMF Working Papers 06/56, International Monetary Fund.

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