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The Pure Economics of the Coase Theorem

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  • Allan C. DeSerpa

    (Arizona State University)

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    This paper undertakes a rigorous examination of the Coasian bargain in the context of an otherwise competitive economy. The key feature of the model is to define technically efficient production functions as solutions to complex mathematical problems. Without potential externalities, those problems are solved by internal administrative decisions without the aid of a price mechanism. When externalities arise, these decision require cooperative administration. Since mathematical proofs of the impossibility of the Case Theorem proceed from the presumption of imperfect administration, they beg the question through mutually contradictory assumptions. Correction of this flaw yields a pure economic version of the Coase Theorem which largely supports the anecdotal versions.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 18 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Summer)
    Pages: 287-304

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:18:y:1992:i:3:p:287-304

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    1. Frech, H E, III, 1979. "The Extended Coase Theorem and Long Run Equilibrium: The Nonequivalence of Liability Rules and Property Rights," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 17(2), pages 254-68, April.
    2. Young, Allyn A., 1928. "Increasing Returns and Economic Progress," History of Economic Thought Articles, McMaster University Archive for the History of Economic Thought, vol. 38, pages 527-542.
    3. Starrett, David A., 1972. "Fundamental nonconvexities in the theory of externalities," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 4(2), pages 180-199, April.
    4. Hamilton, Jonathan H & Sheshinski, Eytan & Slutsky, Steven M, 1989. "Production Externalities and Long-run Equilibria: Bargaining and Pigovian Taxation," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 27(3), pages 453-71, July.
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