The Economic Consequences of Legal Origins

HOME: Over the past decade, economists have conducted a significant amount of research suggesting that the historical origin of a country`s laws is highly correlated with a wide range of its legal rules and regulations, as well as economic outcomes. We summarize this evidence and try a uniform interpretation. We also address several objections to the empirical assertion that legal origins are important. Finally, we assess the implications of this research for economic reform. If you know of any missing articles citing this article, you can help us create these links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above for each reference item. If you are a registered author of this article, you should also check the “Citations” tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as some citations may be pending confirmation. We would like to thank Daniel Berkowitz, Olivier Blanchard, Simeon Djankov, Nicola Gennaioli, Roger Gordon, Oliver Hart, Katharina Pistor, EC 2470 students, four critics and especially Louis Kaplow for their extremely helpful comments. The views expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research. If CitEc has recognized a bibliographic reference but has not linked an entry in RePEc to it, you can help with this form.

Rafael La Porta & Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes & Andrei Shleifer, 2008. “The Economic Consequences of Legal Origins,” Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 46 (2), pp. 285-332, June. Quote courtesy of Please note that it may take a few weeks for corrections to be filtered by the various RePEc services. Andrei Shleifer (Harvard University and NBER) was a guest lecturer at Barcelona Economics Lecture in 2008. Professor Shleifer is the John L. Loeb Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He holds a bachelor`s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from MIT. If you have written this article and have not yet registered for RePEc, we recommend that you do so here. This links your profile to this element. It also allows you to accept potential quotes on this article that we`re not sure about.

Dartmouth College – Tuck School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) 1050 Massachusetts AvenueCambridge, MA 02138USA Andrei Shleifer presents the 9. Barcelona Economics Lecture mit dem Titel: « The Economic Consequences of Legal Origins » Littauer CenterCambridge, MA 02138United States617-495-5046 (Phone)617-496-1708 (Fax).