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Ownership, access and sequential investment

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  • Mai, Maxim
  • Smirnov, Vladimir
  • Wait, Andrew

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We extend the property-rights framework to allow for: a separation of the ownership rights of access and veto; and sequential investment. Parties investing first (ex ante) do so before contracting is possible. Parties that invest second (ex post) can contract on (at least some) of their investment costs. Along with this cost-sharing effect, the incentive to invest is affected by a strategic effect generated by sequential investment. Together these effects can overturn some of the predictions of the property-rights literature. For example, the most inclusive ownership structure might not be optimal, even if all investments are complementary.

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Paper provided by University of Sydney, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011-09.

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Handle: RePEc:syd:wpaper:2123/7862

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Keywords: property rights; access; veto; firm organization; sequential investment; holdup;

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  1. Bel, Roland & Smirnov, Vladimir & Wait, Andrew, 2012. "On Broadway and strip malls: how to make a winning team," Working Papers 2012-14, University of Sydney, School of Economics.

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