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Competition Reduces X-Inefficiency - A note on a Limited Liability Mechanism

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  • Stennek, Johan

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

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The study illustrates that a financial restriction may serve as a disciplining device on the internal efficiency of a firm, and that the disciplining power is higher the tougher the product market competition is. The financial restriction is modeled as a limited liability constraint, that is a non-negative profit constraint. Hence, this limited liability mechanism may, in part, account for the disciplining power of product market competition on firm efficiency, alleged by policy makers as well as economists.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies in its series Seminar Papers with number 599.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 30 Oct 1997
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iiessp:0599

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Keywords: financial restriction; efficiency of a firm; disciplining power;

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