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Asset Ownership and Contractibility of Interaction

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  • Andreas Roider

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In a property-rights framework, I study how organizational form and quantity contracts interact in generating investment incentives. The model nests standard property-rights and hold-up models as special cases. I admit general message-dependent contracts but provide conditions under which noncontingent contracts are optimal. First, the article contributes to the foundation of the property-rights theory: I characterize under which circumstances its predictions are correct when trade is contractible. Second, I study how the optimal use of the incentive instruments depends on the environment. Finally, the model offers a new perspective on the classic Fisher Body case and produces implications that are empirically testable.

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  • Andreas Roider, 2004. "Asset Ownership and Contractibility of Interaction," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 35(4), pages 787-802, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:35:y:2004:4:p:787-802
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    Keywords

    Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights Capital Budgeting; Investment Policy; cost of capital Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation; Networks Contracts; Investment; Property Rights; Property;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation

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