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Imperfect Contract Enforcement and the (In)Efficiency of International Firm Location

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  • Evelina Mengova

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This paper explores the location decisions of final-good producers under imperfect contract enforcement. The legal systems'; quality is measured by the contracting environment in each country. The final producers'; location decisions create different outcomes in terms of efficiency. We find one inefficient outcome, where final producers locate in the country with the weaker enforcement in pursuit of higher profits, which leads to losses in production and trade. But opening up for international trade and contracting acts as a substitute for a poor legal system, by making final producers prefer the country with the stricter enforcement, leading to an efficient equilibrium.

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  • Evelina Mengova, 2011. "Imperfect Contract Enforcement and the (In)Efficiency of International Firm Location," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 167(3), pages 465-488, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(201109)167:3_465:iceati_2.0.tx_2-x
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    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • K1 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law

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