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Defining institutions - A review and a synthesis

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  • Claudius Graebner

    () (Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)

  • Amineh Ghorbani

    (Delft University of Technology)

Abstract

Despite being a key term in institutional economics, the term 'institution' seems to be used in various different ways. To what extent is this problematic, given that a shared understanding of key terms among scholars is a necessary condition for scientific progress? We review prominent definitions of the term 'institution' and identify a set of shared elements of these definitions, which can be summarized as institutions being "codifiable systems of social structures (in particular norms and rules) that lead to inclinations for people to act in specific ways". This suggests that the shared understanding of ‘institutions’ is sufficiently concrete.

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  • Claudius Graebner & Amineh Ghorbani, 2019. "Defining institutions - A review and a synthesis," ICAE Working Papers 89, Johannes Kepler University, Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy.
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