Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
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Regulatory Competition

  • Katrin GödkerEmail author
  • Lars Hornuf
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_703


Regulatory competition describes the activity of private or public lawmakers who intend to produce novel or alter current legislation in response to competitive pressure from other private or public lawmakers. In this chapter, we provide an overview of the legal arbitrage tactics of various entities, which are a necessary, though not sufficient, condition for regulatory competition. Moreover, we investigate whether and how lawmakers respond to these endeavors by adapting their national corporate, insolvency, capital markets, and environmental law as well as product standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business, Economics and Social SciencesUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsTrier UniversityTrierGermany
  3. 3.CESifoMax Planck Institut for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany