Institutions, Property Rights, and Economic Growth: The Legacy of Douglass North

Institutions, Property Rights, and Economic Growth: The Legacy of Douglass North

By: Sebastian Galiani (editor), Itai Sened (editor)Hardback

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This volume showcases the impact of the work of Douglass C. North, winner of the Nobel Prize and father of the field of new institutional economics. Leading scholars contribute to a substantive discussion that best illustrates the broad reach and depth of Professor North's work. The volume speaks concisely about his legacy across multiple social sciences disciplines, specifically on scholarship pertaining to the understanding of property rights, the institutions that support the system of property rights, and economic growth.

About Author

Sebastian Galiani is Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the National Bureau for Economic Research and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development and a member of the executive committee of J-PAL at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics. He has published numerous papers in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Economic Inquiry, and Labour Economics. Professor Galiani received his PhD from Oxford University. Itai Sened is Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St Louis. He has authored or co-authored several books, including The Political Institution of Private Property (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Political Bargaining: Theory, Practice and Process (with Gideon Doron, 2001), and Multiparty Democracy (with Norman Schofield, Cambridge University Press, 2006). He has also published numerous articles in leading journals, including The American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, The British Journal of Political Science, the European Journal for Political Research, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. He received his PhD from the University of Rochester.


1. Introduction Itai Sened and Sebastian Galiani; 2. The contribution of Douglass C. North to new institutional economics Claude Menard and Mary M. Shirley; 3. Persistence and change in institutions: the evolution of Douglass C. North John Joseph Wallis; 4. The new institutionalism Robert Bates; 5. 'The rules of the game': what rules? Which game? Kenneth A. Shepsle; 6. Institutions and sustainability of ecological systems Elinor Ostrom; 7. Land property rights Sebastian Galiani and Ernesto Schargrodsky; 8. Endogenous institutions: law as a coordinating device Gillian K. Hadfield and Barry R. Weingast; 9. Culture, institutions, and modern growth Joel Mokyr; 10. What really happened during the Glorious Revolution? Steven C. A. Pincus and James A. Robinson; 11. The grand experiment that wasn't? New institutional economics and the postcommunist experience Scott Gehlbach and Edmund J. Malesky; 12. Using economic experiments to measure informal institutions Pamela Jakiela; 13. Experimental evidence on the workings of democratic institutions Pedro Dal Bo.

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  • ISBN13: 9781107041554
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 338
  • ID: 9781107041554
  • weight: 660
  • ISBN10: 1107041554

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