Clague, Christopher and Keefer, Philip and Knack, Stephen and Olson, Mancur (1996): Property and Contract Rights in Autocracies and Democracies. Published in: Journal of Economic Growth , Vol. 1, No. 2 (1996): pp. 243-276.
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We present and test empirically a new theory of property and contract rights. Any incentive an autocrat has to respect such rights comes from his interest in future tax collections and national income and increases with his planning horizon. We find a compelling empirical relationship between property and contract rights and an autocrat's time in power. In lasting -- but not in new -- democracies, the same rule of law and individual rights that ensure continued free elections entail extensive property and contract rights. We show that the age of a democratic system is strongly correlated with property and contract rights.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Property and Contract Rights in Autocracies and Democracies|
|Keywords:||property rights, contract rights, autocracy, democracy|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O43 - Institutions and Growth
O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O17 - Formal and Informal Sectors ; Shadow Economy ; Institutional Arrangements
P - Economic Systems > P4 - Other Economic Systems > P48 - Political Economy ; Legal Institutions ; Property Rights ; Natural Resources ; Energy ; Environment ; Regional Studies
D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
|Depositing User:||Stephen Knack|
|Date Deposited:||11. Oct 2010 02:56|
|Last Modified:||12. Mar 2015 07:51|
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