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Endogenous institutional selection, building trust, and economic growth

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Private-order market institutions founded on trust-based relational contracts suffer adverse selection and moral hazard problems, while public-order market institutions have a limited capacity to enforce contracts. I model agent selection between contract enforcement institutions and demonstrate that the state's contract enforcement capacity is complementary to private-order contract enforcement institutions for low to moderate levels of public-order enforcement capacity. This suggests that initial improvements to public-order institutions cause the accumulation of trust and result in economic growth in both institutions. However, I show that the private-order institution must collapse once the public-order contract enforcement capacity is too great.

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  • Bodoh-Creed, Aaron L., 2019. "Endogenous institutional selection, building trust, and economic growth," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 114(C), pages 169-176.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:114:y:2019:i:c:p:169-176
    DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2019.01.005
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    Keywords

    Institutions; Trust; Institutional selection;
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    JEL classification:

    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • K12 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Contract Law
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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