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Legal Institutions, Innovation and Growth

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  • Luca Anderlini
  • Leonardo Felli
  • Giovanni Immordino
  • Alessandro Riboni

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We analyze the relationship between legal institutions, innovation and growth. We compare a rigid (law set ex-ante) legal system and a flexible one (law set after observing current technology). The flexible system dominates in terms of welfare, amount of innovation and output growth at intermediate stages of technological development - periods when legal change is needed. The rigid system is preferable at early stages of technological development, when (lack of) commitment problems are severe. For mature technologies the two legal systems are equivalent. We find that rigid legal systems may induce excessive (greater than first-best) R&D investment and output growth.

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  • Luca Anderlini & Leonardo Felli & Giovanni Immordino & Alessandro Riboni, 2011. "Legal Institutions, Innovation and Growth," CESifo Working Paper Series 3489, CESifo.
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    Keywords

    legal system; commitment; flexibility; innovation; growth;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination

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