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Good and Bad Institutions: Is the Debate Over? Cross-Country Firm-Level Evidence from the Textile Industry

  • Bhaumik, Sumon K.

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    (University of Sheffield)

  • Dimova, Ralitza

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    (University of Manchester)

Using firm-level data from nine developing countries we demonstrate that (a) certain institutions like restrictive labour market regulations that are considered to be bad for economic growth might be beneficial for production efficiency, whereas (b) good business environment which is considered to be beneficial for economic growth might have an adverse impact on production efficiency. We argue that our results suggest that the debate about the implications of institutional quality is far from being over, and classification of institutions into "good" and "bad" might be premature.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5471.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Publication status: published in: Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38(1): 109-126, 2014, [Online First]
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