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Sunk investments lead to unpredictable prices

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  • Mailath,G.J.
  • Postlewait,A.
  • Samuelson,L.

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Social Systems Research Institute)

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We study transactions that require investments before trading in a competitive market, when forward contracts fixing the transaction price are absent. We show that, despite the market being perfectly competitive and subject to arbitrarily little uncertainty, the inability to jointly determine investment levels and prices may make it impossible for buyers and sellers to predict the prices at which they will trade, leading to inefficient levels of investment and trade.
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  • Mailath,G.J. & Postlewait,A. & Samuelson,L., 2003. "Sunk investments lead to unpredictable prices," Working papers 11, Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems.
  • Handle: RePEc:att:wimass:200311
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    1. Jones, Luke R. & Vossler, Christian A., 2014. "Experimental tests of water quality trading markets," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 68(3), pages 449-462.

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    JEL classification:

    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

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