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Law, Economics and the Institutional Approach to Development and Transition: towards an Evolutionary Perspective


  • Enrico Colombatto



The principles underlying evolutionary psychology suggest an approach to Law and Economics that tends to reject top-down policy making and encourages a bottom-up stance, whereby rules lead to behavioral routines that are consistent with individuals’ shared psychological patterns. The view proposed here is fruitful from a methodological perspective, in that it allows a new classification of societies, new insight on their prospects for economic growth, an innovative appreciation of the chances for successful transition in areas that have undergone substantial political transformation.

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  • Enrico Colombatto, 2006. "Law, Economics and the Institutional Approach to Development and Transition: towards an Evolutionary Perspective," ICER Working Papers 7-2006, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:icr:wpicer:7-2006

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