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The claim that institutions matter for economic growth and development has so far received a more extensive theoretical treatment than an empirical or methodological one. Basing our approach on a co-evolutionary conception of relations between law and
the economy, we link theory to method and explore three techniques for analysing legal
institutions empirically: ?leximetric? measurement of legal rules, time-series econometrics,
and interview-based fieldwork. We argue that while robust measurement of institutions is possible, quantitative techniques have their limits, and should be combined with fieldwork in a multiple-methods approach.

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