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The Economic Effects of Improving Investor Rights in Portugal

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  • CASTRO, Rui
  • CLEMENTI, Gian Luca

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The Portuguese economy has performed remarkably well since joining the EU in 1986. Output per worker grew at an annual rate of 2.25%. The relative price of investment has declined. Real investment has increased compared to output, in part fuelled by an increase in capital inflows. At the same time, resource allocation seems to have improved as well: firm-level data shows a significant decline in the dispersion of labor productivity and size across firms. This paper argues that improvements in outside investor rights that have taken place since Portugal joined the EU is a prime candidate to explain this set of facts.

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Paper provided by Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 08-2009.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montec:08-2009

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Keywords: Macroeconomics; Investment Rate; Relative Prices; Resource Misallocation; Investor Protection; Optimal Contracts; Portugal;

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  1. Attracting FDI to Portugal
    by Rui L Castro in The Portuguese Economy on 2010-03-04 17:20:00
  2. Attracting FDI to Portugal
    by Rui L Castro in The Portuguese Economy on 2010-03-04 17:20:00
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  1. Francisco J. Buera & Yongseok Shin, 2009. "Productivity Growth and Capital Flows: The Dynamics of Reforms," NBER Working Papers 15268, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Pedro Mazeda Gil & Fernanda Figueiredo, 2011. "Firm Size Distribution under Horizontal and Vertical Innovation," DEGIT Conference Papers c016_065, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.

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