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The Economic Effects of Improving Investor Rights in Portugal

by Rui Castro and Gian Luca Clementi

Portuguese Economic Journal, Volume 8, Issue 2, August 2009, pages 59-97

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The Portuguese economy has performed remarkably well since joining the EU in 1986. Output per worker grew at an annual rate of 2.25%. The relative price of investment has declined. Real investment has increased compared to output, in part fuelled by an increase in capital inflows. At the same time, resource allocation seems to have improved as well: firm-level data shows a significant decline in the dispersion of labor productivity and size across firms. This paper argues that improvements in outside investor rights that have taken place sine Portugal joined the EU is a prime candidate to explain this set of facts.

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