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Transaction Costs and the Robustness of the Coase Theorem

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We develop a model of undescribable events. Examples of events that are well understood by economic agents but are prohibitively difficult to describe in advance abound in real-life. This notion has also pervaded a substantial amount of economic literature. We put forth a model of such events using a simple co-insurance problem as backdrop. Undescribable events in our model are understood by economic agents --- their consequences and probabilities are known --- but are such that every finite description of such events necessarily leaves out relevant features that have a non-negligible impact on the parties' expected utilities. We also show that two key ingredients of our model --- probabilities that are finitely additive but fail countable additivity, and a state space that is small (discrete in our model) in a measure-theoretic sense --- are necessary ingredients of any model of undescribable events that delivers our results.

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Paper provided by Georgetown University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number gueconwpa~03-03-28.

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Keywords: Undescribable Events; Incomplete Contracts; Finite Invariance; Fine Variability.;

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