• Daniel Oto-Peralías
  • Diego Romero-Ávila
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The purpose of this chapter is to provide some concluding remarks on the implications of having no effect from changes in legal rules and regulatory indicators on changes in economic and financial performance across countries. In sum, all the evidence gathered indicates that legal and regulatory reforms in developing nations that mechanically adopt organizational forms from prosperous nations, without a thorough analysis of their specific policy priorities to improve their framework for governance as a way to foster their state capacity to deliver growth and social progress, are likely to render governance reforms mostly ineffective. In addition, the enactment of reforms introducing new legal rules and regulations may not yield the intended positive benefits, if the country lacks the judicial human capital and legal infrastructure required for effectively implementing the targeted reforms and properly enforcing the new laws.


Conclusion Policy implications Legal reforms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Oto-Peralías
    • 1
  • Diego Romero-Ávila
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK
  2. 2.Department of Economics, Quantitative Methods and Economic HistoryPablo de Olavide UniversitySevilleSpain

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