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dc.contributor.authorOto-Peralías, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorRomero-Ávila, Diego
dc.identifier.citationOto-Peralías , D & Romero-Ávila , D 2014 , ' The distribution of legal traditions around the world : A contribution to the legal-origins theory ' , Journal of Law and Economics , vol. 57 , no. 3 , pp. 561-628 .
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dc.description.abstractThe distribution of the common law was conditioned by a colonial strategy sensitive to the colonies’ level of endowments, exhibiting a more effective implantation of the legal system in initially sparsely populated territories with a temperate climate. This translates into a negative relationship of precolonial population density and settler mortality with legal outcomes for common-law countries. By contrast, the implantation of the French civil law was not systematically influenced by initial conditions, which is reflected in the lack of such a relationship for this legal family. The common law does not generally lead to legal outcomes superior to those provided by the French civil law when precolonial population density and/or settler mortality are high. The form of colonial rule in British colonies is found to mediate between precolonial endowments and postcolonial legal outcomes.
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dc.subjectLegal originsen
dc.subjectLegal outcomesen
dc.subjectDoing businessen
dc.subjectIndirect ruleen
dc.subjectK Law (General)en
dc.titleThe distribution of legal traditions around the world : A contribution to the legal-origins theoryen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Managementen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Responsible Banking and Financeen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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