Institutional development, transaction costs and economic growth: evidence from a cross-country investigation

2015 Journal of Institutional Economics  
Abstract:This paper seeks to quantify the impact of transaction costs on cross-country economic growth. Our evidence from a cross-country panel data regression analysis reveals a persistent and robust negative effect of increasing transaction costs on the path of economic growth. The growth-enhancing effects of lower transaction costs are confirmed after controlling for the set of conditioning variables and further demonstrated in a cross-country growth model calibration. The results provide
more » ... results provide evidence that transaction costs might indeed be central to the study of cross-country productivity differences, suggest the importance of contractual relations and indicate their significant impact on cross-country economic performance over time.
doi:10.1017/s1744137415000077 fatcat:vso5pdsbnbbfpiqbmr2vymqej4