Colloquium Paper: Legal Reform in the Presence of a Living Custom: An Economic Approach

Aldashev, Gani and Platteau, Jean-Philippe and Wahhaj, Zaki (2011) Colloquium Paper: Legal Reform in the Presence of a Living Custom: An Economic Approach. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (Supple). p. 21320. ISSN 1091-6490. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1017139108) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Empowerment of disadvantaged groups of population is a key issue in development. One major difficulty in implementing progressive legal reforms arises from the persistent and contrary influence of custom. In this paper, we present a simple theoretical framework that analyzes how customary rules evolve under the impact of a change in formal law. This evolution is ultimately caused by a modification of relative costs and benefits of exiting the community by members of the disadvantaged groups as a result of change in the law. We also describe how the welfare of these groups is affected and provide illustrative evidence.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: number of additional authors: 2;
Uncontrolled keywords: dynamics of institutions, social norms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 13:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40552 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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