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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Angela Vossmeyer

Reader 2

Jessica Zarkin

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As a part of the broader dialogue surrounding institutions and economic development, the civil justice sector provides insight into the role of enforcement mechanisms in protecting property rights. This study expands the scope of current research in Mexico that examines the relationship between the civil judiciary and firm size in Mexico with a state-level, fixed effects panel model. I leverage newer and updated estimates of judicial efficacy to explore three outcome variables, which proxy for growth at the firm and macroeconomic level. My analysis does not yield substantial evidence of a relationship between judicial efficacy and firm entry and exit, credit lent by commercial banks per capita, or GDP per capita. Consequently, my findings suggest either an inconsequential relationship or underscore the necessity for conducting such analyses at a more granular scale with smaller units of observation, over an extended timeframe, or during periods characterized by greater dynamism.

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