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Resolution, Recovery and Survival: The Evolution of Payment Disputes in Post-Socialist Europe

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  • William Pyle

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What determines the mechanism chosen to resolve a commercial dispute? To what degree does the aggrieved recover damages? And does the relationship survive in the aftermath? The answers to these questions affect expectations as to the costs of transacting and, thereby, the development of markets. But they have received almost no attention in the economic literature on the post-socialist transition. This article exploits a rich survey of small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises in three post-socialist countries to explain behavioral responses to an inter-firm payment dispute. Particular attention is given to how the evolution of disputes is sensitive to both the geographic distance between trade partners and membership in a business association.

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  • William Pyle, 2005. "Resolution, Recovery and Survival: The Evolution of Payment Disputes in Post-Socialist Europe," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp761, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  • Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2005-761
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    Keywords

    commercial dispute; business association; transition;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General
    • K41 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Litigation Process
    • P37 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Legal

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