Enforcing Property Rights Through Reputation: Mexico'S Early Industrialization, 1878 1913
Mexico s initial industrialization was based on firms that were grouped : that is, linked to other firms through close affiliations with a common bank. Most explanations for the prevalence of groups are based on increasing returns or missing formal capital markets. We propose a simpler explanation that better fits the facts of Mexican history. In the absence of secure property rights, tangible collateral could not credibly be offered to creditors; but there remained the possibility of using reputation as a form of intangible collateral. In such circumstances, firms had incentives to group together for purposes of mutual monitoring and insurance.
Volume (Year): 61 (2001)
Issue (Month): 04 (December)
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