Institutions constitute the "rules of the game" under which exchanges take place. They are typically composed of formal (rules dictated from an authority) and informal (rules determined among those who follow them) counterparts. The interplay of formal and informal institutions are a critically important role in determining economic development, sustainable growth, and to the well-being of nations, states, and communities. Institutions also determine how well groups overcome collective action problems, conserve common pool resources, and establish rights (political, property, and economic). This course introduces recent approaches to the study of institutions in economics and other social sciences, and examines how formal and informal institutions, including laws, contracts, norms and conventions, affect economic and political outcomes from a global perspective.
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