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The Effect of Contract Regulation on Franchising

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  • Jonathan Klick
  • Bruce H. Kobayashi
  • Larry E. Ribstein

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Previous work on the regulation of termination clauses in franchise contracts has ignored the ability of parties to contract around state law. Using data on two national fast-food restaurants, we find that Washington, D.C.'s termination restriction which did not restrict choice-of-law provisions had little systematic effect on business practice, while Iowa's termination restriction which did prohibit choice-of-law provisions had a large negative effect on franchising.

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  • Jonathan Klick & Bruce H. Kobayashi & Larry E. Ribstein, 2012. "The Effect of Contract Regulation on Franchising," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 168(1), pages 38-53, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(201203)168:1_38:teocro_2.0.tx_2-s
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    1. Theodore Eisenberg, 2012. "Methodological Issues in the Analysis of Longitudinal Data," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 168(1), pages 54-57, March.
    2. Andreas Roider, 2012. "The Effect of Contract Regulation on Franchising," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 168(1), pages 58-61, March.
    3. Christoph Engel & Urs Schweizer, 2012. "Testing Contracts 29th International Seminar on the New Institutional Economics June 15-18, 2011, Krakow, Poland," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 168(1), pages 1-4, March.

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    JEL classification:

    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law
    • K12 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Contract Law
    • K20 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - General
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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