Markets, Contracts, and Firms: A Unified Model of Organizational Choice
AbstractThis paper examines markets, firms, and the law as alternative institutional arrangements for organizing transactions that involve transaction-specific investments and uncertain performance. The analysis is the logical extension of Coase's seminal examination of the market-firm boundary on one hand, and the market-law boundary on the other. It thus combines insights from the literature on industrial organization and law and economics. The result is a unified framework that reveals the relative advantages and disadvantages, within a fairly simple economic setting, of market exchange, court ordering (contracts), and internal governance (agency).
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2011-08.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Asset specificity; contracts; firms; markets; transaction costs;
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- L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
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- NEP-BEC-2011-04-30 (Business Economics)
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