A Bargaining Model of Holdouts and Takings
AbstractThe holdout problem is commonly cited as the justification for eminent domain, but the nature of the problem is not well understood. This paper models the holdout problem in a bargaining framework, where a developer seeks to acquire several parcels of land for a large-scale development. We show that in the absence of eminent domain, holdouts are inevitable, threatening costly delay. However, if the developer has the power to use eminent domain to acquire the land from holdouts, all sellers will bargain, thus avoiding delay. An offsetting cost is that owners may negotiate prices below their true value, possibly resulting in excessive transfer of land to the developer.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2006-22.
Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
Date of revision: Mar 2007
Note: We acknowledge the comments of participants at the Takings Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara, May 12-13, 2006.
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Eminent domain; holdout problem; bargaining;
Other versions of this item:
- C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
- K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law
- R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
- R52 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Land Use and Other Regulations
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- NEP-ALL-2007-01-13 (All new papers)
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