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  • Amin, Mohammad
  • Mattoo, Aaditya

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Recent empirical research has focused on the role ofinstitutions in overall economic performance. This paper examines the impact of institutions on the relative performance of the service sector. Through cross-country level and growth regressions it establishes the following stylized fact: countries with better institutions have relatively larger and more dynamic service sectors. It suggests that regulatory and contract enforcing institutions play a key role in the development of service sectors because these sectors enter into a more complex web of transactions with the rest of the economy and are more prone to market failure due to asymmetric information.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4032.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4032

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Keywords: Legal Products; Children and Youth; Economic Theory&Research; Public Sector Corruption&Anticorruption Measures; Corruption&Anitcorruption Law;

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Cited by:
  1. Aaditya Mattoo & Arvind Subramanian, 2009. "Criss-Crossing Globalization: Uphill Flows of Skill-Intensive Goods and Foreign Direct Investment," Working Paper Series WP09-7, Peterson Institute for International Economics.
  2. Hoekman, Bernard & Mattoo, Aaditya, 2008. "Services trade and growth," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4461, The World Bank.

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