Type
Article
Titre
The Impact of Contract Enforcement Costs on Outsourcing and Aggregate Productivity
Dans
The Review of Economics & Statistics
Éditeur
US : MIT Press
Volume
forthcoming
ISSN
00346535
Mots clés
Contract enforcement costs, Contracting frictions, Transaction costs, Outsourcing, Aggregate productivity
Résumé
EN
I study how supplier contracting frictions shape the patterns of intermediate input use and quantify the impact of these distortions on aggregate productivity. Using the frequency of litigation between US firms as a novel measure to capture the need for formal enforcement, I find a robust relationship between countries' input-output structure and their quality of legal institutions: in countries with high enforcement costs, firms have lower expenditure shares on intermediate inputs in sector pairs where US firms litigate frequently for breach of contract. A quantitative model shows that improvement of contract enforcement institutions would lead to sizeable welfare gains.

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