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Institutions and their Measures: A Black Box of Goodies

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  • Hansson, Gustav

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

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The use of institutional measures in empirical work is widespread, but the question of what these measures actually capture and how they are constructed is something that is not given enough attention. Institutions and their measures are therefore like a “black box of goodies”: Something that we do not know much about but at the same time is given a very prominent role in explaining economic development. This paper is an attempt to deepen our understanding of institutional measures by critically examining four measures that have been given a prominent role in the recent literature on economic development.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 206.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 06 Apr 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0206

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  1. Hansson, Gustav, 2008. "Same Same but Different? A Comparison of Institutional Models," Working Papers in Economics 329, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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