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Law and Equity Markets: a Simple Model

We analyze how the law and its enforcement affect equity market equilibrium. Improvements in the legal system, while invariably associated with broader equity markets, have different effects on equity returns depending on the institutional change considered and on the degree of international stock market segmentation. The model is useful to interpret the results of recent empirical work, such as La Porta et al. (1997) and Lombardo and Pagano (1999). In particular, it can rationalize the observed cross-country pattern, whereby better institutions are associated both with broader equity markets and higher risk-adjusted returns on equity.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 25.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 1999
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Publication status: Published in Corporate Governance Regimes: Convergence and Diversity, J. McCahery, P. Moerland, T. Raaijmakers and L. Renneboog eds. Oxford University Press, 2002
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