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Trade, Law And Product Complexity, Katharina Pistor, Daniel Berkowitz, Johannes Moenius Jan 2006

Trade, Law And Product Complexity, Katharina Pistor, Daniel Berkowitz, Johannes Moenius

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How does the quality of national institutions that enforce the rule of law influence international trade? Anderson and Marcouiller argue that bad institutions located in the importer’s country deter international trade because they enable economic predators to steal and extort rents at the importer’s border. We complement this research and show how good institutions located in the exporter’s country enhance international trade, in particular, trade in complex products whose characteristics are difficult to fully specify in a contract. We argue that both exporter and importer institutions affect international as well as domestic transaction costs in complex and simple product markets. …