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Mechanisms of Endogenous Institutional Change

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  • Masahiko Aoki

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    This paper proposes an analytical-cum-conceptual framework for understanding the nature of institutions as well as their changes. In doing so, it attempts to achieve two things: First, it proposes a way to reconcile an equilibrium (endogenous) view of institutions with the notion of agents’ bounded rationality by introducing such concepts as a summary representation of equilibrium as common knowledge of agents. Second, it specifies some generic mechanisms of institutional coherence and change -- overlapping social embededdness, Schumpeterian innovation in bundling games and dynamic institutional complementarities -- useful for understanding the dynamic interactions of economic, political, social and organizational factors.

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    Paper provided by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in its series Discussion Papers with number 05-013.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2006
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    1. Masahiko Aoki, 2006. "Whither Japan's Corporate Governance?," Discussion Papers 05-014, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

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