Who Should Pay for Certification?
AbstractWho does, and who should initiate costly certification by a third party under asymmetric quality information, the buyer or the seller? Our answer â€” the seller â€” follows from a nonâ€“trivial analysis revealing a clear intuition. Buyerâ€“induced certification acts as an inspection device, whence sellerâ€“induced certification acts as a signalling device. Sellerâ€“induced certification maximizes the certifierâ€™s profit and social welfare. This suggests the general principle that certification is, and should be induced by the better informed party. The results are reflected in a case study from the automotive industry, but apply also to other markets â€“ in particular the financial market.
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asymmetric information; certi?cation; information acquisition; inspection; lemons; middlemen; signaling;
Other versions of this item:
- Stahl, Konrad & Strausz, Roland, 2011. "Who should pay for certification?," ZEW Discussion Papers 11-054, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
- Konrad O. Stahl & Roland Strausz, 2011. "Who Should Pay for Certification?," CESifo Working Paper Series 3365, CESifo Group Munich.
- Stahl, Konrad O & Strausz, Roland, 2011. "Who Should Pay for Certification?," CEPR Discussion Papers 8190, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - General
- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
- L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
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