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Communities, Rules and Institutions: A Cross-country Investigation

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  • Thomas Farole
  • Andrès Rodriguez-Pose
  • Michael Storper

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Research on the institutional foundations of economic development is sharply divided between those who emphasize rule-bound systems of exchange (‘society’), and those who stress the importance of informal or voluntary bonds between individuals or small groups (‘community’). This paper reports an exploratory effort to operationalize the concepts of community and society and test how they impact different types of institutions, across fifty-eight countries. The results are encouraging and suggest several avenues for more refined research. We find that both community and society are important determinants across all institutional domains, and are in many cases mutually reinforcing.

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  • Thomas Farole & Andrès Rodriguez-Pose & Michael Storper, 2011. "Communities, Rules and Institutions: A Cross-country Investigation," SCIENZE REGIONALI, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2011(2), pages 31-69.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:scresc:v:html10.3280/scre2011-002002
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    1. Paula Regina de Jesus Pinsetta Pavarina & Daltro Cella, 2015. "Formal and informal institutions and the economic development in Latin America," ERSA conference papers ersa15p209, European Regional Science Association.

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    Keywords

    Crescita economica; istituzioni; capitale sociale;

    JEL classification:

    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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