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  • Simplice A., Asongu

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This paper sets a new tone in the legal origins debate with the overwhelming dominance of French civil-law countries in private investment: contrary to mainstream consensus where-in, English common-law countries are better at championing private property rights (La Porta et al., 1998; Beck et al, 2003). Findings are premised on much recent data (1996-2007) from 38 African countries. The study investigates how French, English, French sub-Saharan, Portuguese and North African legal origins shape domestic, foreign, private and public investments through law channels of regulation quality and the rule of law.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 34700.

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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:34700

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Cited by:
  1. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Financial determinants of consumer price inflation. What do dynamics in money, credit, efficiency and size tell us?," Working Papers 12/019, African Governance and Development Institute..
  2. Asongu Simplice, 2011. "Finance and Democracy in Africa," Working Papers 11/020, African Governance and Development Institute..
  3. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Politics and Consumer Prices in Africa," Working Papers 12/032, African Governance and Development Institute..

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