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Local regulation between formal and informal institutions: analysis by application to the case of the town of Ksar-Hellal (Tunisia)

Makram Gaaliche ()
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Makram Gaaliche: Faculty of Economics and Management of Sousse University, Tunisia

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2013, vol. 4(1), 17-24

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to detect the relevance degrees of formal and informal institutions at the level of local regulation, as well as their effects on the local companies’ productivity. Indeed, by analyzing the territory of the Ksar-Hellal town, we noted that informal institutions, apprehended by trust and collective punishment, contribute with the formal penal institutions to channel the behavior of Hilalian companies but with less effectiveness. Similarly, the strong contribution of exogenous institutions in boosting productivity compared to that of the endogenous ones states that decision makers should improve the quality of formal regulation and this at the expense of any form of regulation built by values commonly shared by the local community.

Keywords: local regulation; formal institutions; informal institutions; productivity; Tunisia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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