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Reconciling Coase and Buchanan on the Coase Theorem

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  • Bingyuang Hsiung

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The Coase theorem states that in the world of zero transaction costs, utilization of resources will be efficient regardless of how property rights are assigned initially. Buchanan criticizes the zero-transaction-costsqualifier and emphasizes that as long as transactions are agreed upon through free and open processes, then the results are efficient. This paper analyzes the implications of Buchanan's critique, indicates its potential problems, and then attempts to reconcile his view with that of Coase. It is argued that the delicate relationship between objective and subjective values constitutes the link between Coase and Buchanan.

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  • Bingyuang Hsiung, 2003. "Reconciling Coase and Buchanan on the Coase Theorem," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 159(2), pages 392-392, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200306)159:2_392:rcabot_2.0.tx_2-f
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    1. Mehrdad Vahabi, 2011. "Appropriation, violent enforcement, and transaction costs: a critical survey," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 147(1), pages 227-253, April.
    2. repec:eee:touman:v:31:y:2010:i:2:p:240-249 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology

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