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Appropriability, Investment Incentives and the Property Rights Theory of the Firm

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  • David de Meza
  • Ben Lockwood

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This paper examines the property rights theory of the firm when a manager's relationship-specific investment can be partially appropriated by the owner of an asset when cooperation breaks down. For example ownership typically confers the right to continue with a project even should the production team dissolve. The investments of non-owners may then be devalued, but are seldom wholly loss to the owner. With such spillovers, the outside-option principle can be incorporated into the Grossman-Hart-Moore framework without implying that ownership demotivates. Enriched predictions on the determinants of integration emerge.

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  • David de Meza & Ben Lockwood, 2003. "Appropriability, Investment Incentives and the Property Rights Theory of the Firm," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 03/068, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  • Handle: RePEc:bri:cmpowp:03/068
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    1. Maija Halonen-Akatwijuka & Toby Regner, 2004. "Digital Technology and the Allocation of Ownership in the Music Industry," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 04/096, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.

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    theory of the firm;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure

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