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Institutions, Transaction Costs and Productivity in the Long Run

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  • Douglass C. North

    (Washington University)

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The argument of this essay is that the immense productivity increases resulting from technological developments of the past century and a half could only be realized by fundamental changes in the institutional and organizational structure--a supply side argument; and that the consequent tensions induced by the resulting societal transformation have resulted (and are continuing to result) in politically-induced fundamental changes in the institutional structure to mitigate these tensions--a demand side argument. Both the supply side and demand side institutional changes have been and continue to be fundamental influences on productivity change.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Economic History with number 9309004.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 08 Sep 1993
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpeh:9309004

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  1. McAllister, Ryan R.J. & Smajgl, Alex & Asafu-Adjaye, John, 2007. "Forest logging and institutional thresholds in developing south-east Asian economies: A conceptual model," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(8), pages 1079-1089, May.

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