No institution is a free lunch: a reconstruction of Ronald Coase
AbstractThe two major contributions of Ronald Coase, written at distant points of his long life, have been often interpreted as different and, somehow, contradicting views of the merits of the market mechanism. We argue that the underlying point of the two articles is the same and it can be summarized by the statement that no institution is a free lunch. When the unity of the Coasian theory is properly understood, it offers a powerful challenge to standard neo-classical production theory and opens new analytical tools to understand and to compare the institutions of production.
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Coase; Returns to Scale; Transaction Costs; Production Entitlements;
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- Ugo Pagano, 2012. "No institution is a free lunch: a reconstruction of Ronald Coase," International Review of Economics, Springer, vol. 59(2), pages 189-200, July.
- B29 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Other
- D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, and Operations
- D29 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Other
- L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
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- NEP-ALL-2012-07-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-HIS-2012-07-01 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-HPE-2012-07-01 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-PKE-2012-07-01 (Post Keynesian Economics)
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