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Courts and Relational Contracts

Simon Johnson, John McMillan and Christopher Woodruff ()

No 8572, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Post-communist countries offer new evidence on the relative importance of courts and relationships in enforcing contracts. Belief in the effectiveness of courts has a significant positive effect on the level of trust shown in new relationships between firms and their customers. Well-functioning courts also encourage entrepreneurs to try out new suppliers. Courts are particularly important when specific investments are needed for a relationship to develop. While relationships can sustain existing interactions, workable courts help new interactions to start and develop.

JEL-codes: D2 G0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001-10
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Published as Simon Johnson & John McMillan, 2002. "Courts and Relational Contracts," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 18(1), pages 221-277, April.

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