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The Macroeconomic Effects of Legal- Simplification Programmes

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  • Luis Costa
  • Miguel St. Aubyn

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Legal simplification may improve the quality of institutions in industrialised countries that developed over-complex legal systems. In theory, this type of regulatory reform promotes economic efficiency, leading to higher levels of productivity and output. In this paper we use a Panel Factor-Augmented VAR approach to measure the long-run impact of legal-simplification programmes in total factor productivity. We identify shocks using data on regulatory quality and exploring qualitative information publicly available. The estimated long-run impact on total factor productivity of a typical programme is significant and about 0.6 per cent.

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Paper provided by ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon in its series Working Papers Department of Economics with number 2012/12.

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Date of creation: May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ise:isegwp:wp122012

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Postal: Department of Economics, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon, Rua do Quelhas 6, 1200-781 LISBON, PORTUGAL
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Keywords: Legal simplification; Regulatory reform; FAVAR; Productivity JEL Classification: E02; K10; K20; K40; O43; O47;

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