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Which institutions matter? Separating the chaff from the wheat




Ha-Joon Chang (2011), in his article ‘Institutions and Economic Development: Theory, Policy and History’, argues that economists place too much faith in ‘liberalized’ institutions. Institutions matter for growth, he contends, but not the way institutional economists think they do. In this article, we offer a defense of the hypothesis that ‘institutions matter’ for economic growth and present several objections to Chang's arguments.

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  • John, Arielle & Storr, Virgil Henry, 2011. "Which institutions matter? Separating the chaff from the wheat," Journal of Institutional Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 7(04), pages 583-588, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jinsec:v:7:y:2011:i:04:p:583-588_00

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