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Contractual Tradeoffs and SMEs Choice of Organizational Form, A View from U.S. and French History, 1830-2000

Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Jean-Laurent Rosenthal

NBER Working Paper No. 12455
Issued in August 2006

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The authors would like to thank participants in seminars and conferences at the California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Southern California, UCLA, and the UC Riverside meeting of the All-UC Economic History Group. They are grateful to Daniel Bogart, Hongbin Cai, Stephen Cullenberg, Harold Demsetz, Peter Gourevich, Timothy Guinnane, Ron Harris, Hugo Hopenhayn, Gonzalo Islas-Rojas, Kenneth Sokoloff, and William Summerhill for their detailed and helpful comments; to Juan-Francisco Aveleyra, Christopher Cook, Sarah Cullem, Alena Laptiovna, and Sarah Shen for research assistance; and to UCLA’s Dean of Social Sciences, UCLA’s International Institute, and the Academic Senate of the University of California, for financial support.

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