Competition and Hold-Ups
AbstractIn an environment in which both workers and firms undertake match specific investments, the presence of market competition for matches may solve the hold-up problems generated by the absence of complete contingent contracts. In particular, this paper shows that in a world in which workers' and firms' investments are separeted by market competition and contracts specify a simple (non-contingent) wage payment, investments are constrained efficient. Indeed, workers and firms invest efficiently given the equilibrium matches in which they are involved.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford in its series Economics Papers with number 1999-w17.
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Date of creation: 1999
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COMPETITION ; MARKET STRUCTURE ; CONTRACTS;
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- L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out
- D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - General
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