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“Business Associations and Private Ordering” to be published in Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization

In “Business Associations and Private Ordering,” I study the capacity of business associations—private, formal, noncommercial organizations designed to promote the common business interests of their members—to support
contract enforcement and collective action. Inspired by recent empirical literature, the theoretical framework connects the organizational and institutional features of formal and informal business organizations with socioeconomic distance. I show how associations provide value to their members even if members are already embedded in social networks, and which players join an association. We propose explanations for empirical puzzles, put forward novel testable hypotheses, and relate business associations to alternative private ordering institutions. The paper is scheduled to be published in the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization in 2016.