Bibliography of Institutional Economics (downloadable)

This bibliography covers most of the recent and classic works in institutional economics. I’ve included some reviews in the book review section. My other bibliographies can be seen under the bibliography category.

Abraham, Anita, and Jean-Philippe Platteau. 2004. Participatory development: Where culture creeps in. In .

Acemoglu, Daron. 2005. Politics and economics in weak and strong states. Journal of Monetary Economics 52, (7) (October): 1199-1226.

Acemoglu, Daron, and James A. Robinson. 2006. Economic origins of dictatorship and democracy. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Alston, Lee J., Thráinn Eggertsson, and Douglass Cecil North. 1996. Empirical studies in institutional change. Political economy of institutions and decisions. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Alston, Lee J., and Joseph P. Ferrie. 2004 Previous Pub: [1993. Paternalism in agricultural labor contracts in the U.S. south: Implications for the growth of the welfare state. In .

Alston, Lee J., and Kyle D. Kauffman. 2000. The impact of paternalism on racial land rental differences in the USA. In .

Alston, Lee J., Gary D. Libecap, and Robert Schneider. 2004 Previous Pub: [1996. The determinants and impact of property rights: Land titles on the brazilian frontier. In .

Baland, Jean-Marie, and Jean-Philippe Platteau. 2003. Economics of common property management regimes. In .

Barro, Robert J. 1991a. Economic growth in a cross section of countries. The Quarterly Journal of Economics 106, (2) (May): 407-443.

———. 1991b. Economic growth in a cross section of countries. Quarterly Journal of Economics 106, (2) (May): 407-443.

Burnside, Craig, and David Dollar. 2004. Aid, policies, and growth: Reply. American Economic Review 94, (3) (June): 781-784.

Cheung, Steven N. S. 1996 Previous Pub: [1975. Roofs or stars: The stated intents and actual effects of a rents ordinance. In .

Davis, Lance Edwin, Douglass Cecil North, and Calla Smorodin. 1971. Institutional change and american economic growth. Cambridge Eng.: University Press.

Dollar, David, and Victoria Levin. 2005. Sowing and reaping: Institutional quality and project outcomes in developing countries. Copyright: Information provided in collaboration with the RePEc Project:, 3524.

———. 2004. The increasing selectivity of foreign aid, 1984-2002. Copyright: Information provided in collaboration with the RePEc Project:, 3299.

Easterly, William. 2005. What did structural adjustment adjust? the association of policies and growth with repeated IMF and world bank adjustment loans. Journal of Development Economics 76, (1) (February): 1-22.

Easterly, William Russell. 2001. The elusive quest for growth : Economists’ adventures and misadventures in the tropics. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Easterly, William, and Ross Levine. 2003/1. Tropics, germs, and crops: How endowments influence economic development. Journal of Monetary Economics 50, (1): 3-39.

———. 2003. Tropics, germs, and crops: How endowments influence economic development. Journal of Monetary Economics 50, (1) (January): 3-39.

Easterly, William, Ross Levine, and David Roodman. 2003. New data, new doubts: A comment on burnside and dollar’s “aid, policies, and growth” (2000). Copyright: Information provided in collaboration with the RePEc Project:, 9846.

Fafchamps, Marcel, and Bart Minten. 2001. Property rights in a flea market economy. Economic Development and Cultural Change 49, (2) (January): 229-267.

Gore, Charles. 2000. The rise and fall of the washington consensus as a paradigm for developing countries. World Development 28, (5) (May): 789-804.

Greif, Avner. 2006. Family structure, institutions, and growth: The origins and implications of western corporations. American Economic Review 96, (2) (May): 308.

———. 2006. History lessons: The birth of impersonal exchange: The community responsibility system and impartial justice. Journal of Economic Perspectives 20, (2) (Spring): 221.

———. 2006. Institutions and the path to the modern economy: Lessons from medieval trade. Political economy of institutions and decisions series. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

———. 2005. Commitment, coercion, and markets: The nature and dynamics of institutions supporting exchange. In .

———. 2004 Previous Pub: [1998. Historical and comparative institutional analysis. In .

———. 2004 Previous Pub: [1994. Cultural beliefs and the organization of society: A historical and theoretical reflection on collectivist and individualist societies. In .

———. 2004 Previous Pub: [1993. Contract enforceability and economic institutions in early trade: The maghribi traders’ coalition. In .

———. 2002. Economic history and game theory. In .

———. 1995. Political organizations, social structure, and institutional success: Reflections from genoa and venice during the commercial revolution. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 151, (4) (December): 734-740.

Greif, Avner, and David D. Laitin. 2004. A theory of endogenous institutional change. American Political Science Review 98, (4) (November): 633-652.

Greif, Avner, Paul Milgrom, and Barry R. Weingast. 2004 Previous Pub: [1994. Coordination, commitment, and enforcement: The case of the merchant guild. In .

Higgs, Robert. 1996 Previous Pub: [1982. Legally induced technical regress in the washington salmon fishery. In .

Johnson, Ronald N., and Gary D. Libecap. 1980. Agency costs and the assignment of property rights: The case of southwestern indian reservations. Southern Economic Journal 47, (2) (October): 332-347.

Krueger, Anne O. 1996 Previous Pub: [1990. The political economy of controls: American sugar. In .

Libecap, Gary D. 2004. The effect of transaction costs in the definition and exchange of property rights: Two cases from the american experience. In .

———. 2002. A transactions-costs approach to the analysis of property rights. In .

———. 1994. The political economy of institutional change: Property rights and the general revision act of 1891. In .

———. 1978. Economic variables and the development of the law: The case of western mineral rights. Journal of Economic History 38, (2) (June): 338-362.

Miller, Roger LeRoy, Daniel K. Benjamin, and Douglass Cecil North. 2005. The economics of public issues. 14th ed. Boston: Pearson/Addison Wesley.

Moore, Mick. 1994. How difficult is it to construct market relations? A commentary on platteau. Journal of Development Studies 30, (4) (July): 818-830.

North, Douglass C. 1996. Economic performance through time. In .

———. 1994. Economic performance through time. American Economic Review 84, (3) (June): 359-368.

North, Douglass C., and Barry R. Weingast. 1996 Previous Pub: [1989. Constitutions and commitment: The evolution of institutions governing public choice in seventeenth-century england. In .

North, Douglass Cecil. 2005. Understanding the process of economic change. Princeton economic history of the western world. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

———. 1990. Institutions, institutional change, and economic performance. The political economy of institutions and decisions. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

North, Douglass Cecil, Roger L. Ransom, Richard Sutch, and Gary M. Walton. 1982. Explorations in the new economic history : Essays in honor of douglass C. north. New York: Academic Press.

North, Douglass Cecil, and World Institute for Development Economics Research. 1997. The contribution of the new institutional economics to an understanding of the transition problem. WIDER annual lectures. Vol. 1. Helsinki: Unu/wider.

Onis, Ziya, and Fikret Senses. 2005. Rethinking the emerging post-washington consensus. Development and Change 36, (2) (March): 263-290.

Platteau, Jean-Philippe. 2000. Allocating and enforcing property rights in land: Informal versus formal mechanisms in subsaharan africa. Nordic Journal of Political Economy 26, (1): 55-81.

———. 1995 Previous Pub: [1990. The food crisis in africa: A comparative structural analysis. In .

———. 1995. An indian model of aristocratic patronage. Oxford Economic Papers 47, (4) (October): 636-662.

———. 1994. Behind the market stage where real societies exist–part I: The role of public and private order institutions. Journal of Development Studies 30, (3) (April): 533-577.

Riker, William H., and Itai Sened. 1996 Previous Pub: [1991. A political theory of the origin of property rights: Airport slots. In .

Rodrik, Dani. 2006. Goodbye washington consensus, hello washington confusion? A review of the world bank’s economic growth in the 1990s: Learning from a decade of reform. Journal of Economic Literature 44, (4) (December): 973-987.

———. 2003. In search of prosperity : Analytic narratives on economic growth. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Rodrik, Dani, Arvind Subramanian, and Francesco Trebbi. 2004. Institutions rule: The primacy of institutions over geography and integration in economic development. Journal of Economic Growth 9, (2) (June): 131-165.

Sachs, Jeffrey D. 2003. Institutions don’t rule: Direct effects of geography on per capita income. Copyright: Information provided in collaboration with the RePEc Project:, 9490.

Stone, Andrew, Brian Levy, and Ricardo Paredes. 1996. Public institutions and private transactions: A comparative analysis of the legal and regulatory environment for business transactions in brazil and chile. In .

Williamson, John. 2000. What should the world bank think about the washington consensus? World Bank Research Observer 15, (2) (August): 251-264.

Winiecki, Jan. 1996 Previous Pub: [1990. Why economic reforms fail in the soviet system: A property rights-based approach. In .

———. 1991. How it all began: Sources of the recent breakdown of the soviet economic system. In .


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