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Law, transaction costs and coase’s institutions. A reappraisal

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  • Massimiliano Vatiero

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The main contribution of Coase1 is having proven that no institution is a free lunch (among others, Pagano, 2012). It means that every institution (e.g. the market and the firm) has non-null costs of functioning, i.e. transaction costs. In a world with positive transaction costs, the policy-making process has to rest on a meticulous comparative analysis of alternative institutional arrangements. In this respect, Ronald Coase has defined and developed a theory of choices among institutional solutions. The aim of this brief work is to highlighting, therefore, the strict correlation among transaction costs, institutions and law.

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Article provided by FrancoAngeli Editore in its journal ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE.

Volume (Year): 2013/4 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 147-154

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Keywords: Ronald Coase; istituzione; azienda; mercato; costi di transazione;

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