'Legal Institutions, Innovation and Growth' - with Luca Anderlini (Georgetown University), Leonardo Felli (London School of Economics & Political Science), Alessandro Riboni (University of Rochester)
We analyze the relationship between legal institutions, innovation and growth. We compare a rigid (law set ex-ante) legal system and a exible one (law set after ob-serving current technology). The exible system dominates in terms of welfare, amount of innovation and output growth at intermediate stages of technological develop-ment | periods when legal change is needed. The rigid system is preferable at early stages of technological development, when (lack of) commitment problems are severe. For mature technologies the two legal systems are equivalent. We find that rigid legal systems may induce excessive (greater than first-best) R&D investment and output growth.