Inefficiency in a Bilateral Trading Problem with Cooperative Investment
AbstractA bilateral trading model with investment is considered. In the "cooperative" investment version of the model, the seller's investment stochastically determines the buyer's valuation of the good. The value and cost of the good are realized only after the investment is made, and the investment level and the realization of the good's value and cost are private information. I show that under these assumptions, no contract made prior to the investment can simultaneously induce efficient investment and efficient ex-post trade when the buyer's type is continuously distributed. This inefficiency result contrasts sharply with the efficiency result under the standard "selfish" investment model, where the seller's investment stochastically determines the seller's cost.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University in its series Discussion Papers with number 2005-02.
Length: 8 p.
Date of creation: May 2005
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Bilateral Trading; Cooperative Investment; Contracts;
Other versions of this item:
- Hori Kazumi, 2006. "Inefficiency in a Bilateral Trading Problem with Cooperative Investment," The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 6(1), pages 1-9, July.
- C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
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