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Incomplete contracts, the hold-up problem, and asymmetric information

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  • Schmitz, Patrick W.

Given symmetric information, in a standard hold-up problem a buyer's investment incentives are always increasing in his bargaining power. While this result is robust under one-sided private information, it can be overturned under two-sided private information.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 99 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 119-122

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