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Legal Institutions, Innovation and Growth

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  • Anderlini, Luca
  • Felli, Leonardo
  • Immordino, Giovanni
  • Riboni, Alessandro

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We analyze the relationship between legal institutions, innovation and growth. We compare a rigid (law set ex-ante) legal system and a exible one (law set after observing current technology). The exible system dominates in terms of welfare, amount of innovation and output growth at intermediate stages of technological development - periods when legal change is needed. The rigid system is preferable at early stages of technological development, when (lack of) commitment problems are severe. For mature technologies the two legal systems are equivalent. We nd that rigid legal systems may induce excessive (greater than rst-best) R&D investment and output growth.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/7722.

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Publication status: Published in Cahier de recherche FBF Chaire de Finance d'entreprise, 2011
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Keywords: Legal system; Commitment; flexibility; innovation; Growth;

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Cited by:
  1. Massenot, Baptiste, 2010. "Financial development in adversarial and inquisitorial legal systems," MPRA Paper 27098, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Massenot, Baptiste, 2010. "Contract enforcement, litigation, and economic development," MPRA Paper 27501, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Giovanni Immordino & Michele Polo, 2012. "Antitrust in Innovative Industries: the Optimal Legal Standards," Working Papers 434, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.

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