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Monopolies Life Cycle, Bureaucratization, and Schumpeterian Growth

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  • Martimort, David
  • Verdier, Thierry

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This Paper analyses the link between the internal organization of firms, their individual life cycle and the whole process of macroeconomic growth. We present a Schumpeterian growth model in which firms face dynamic agency costs. These agency costs are due to the formation of vertical collusions within the organization. To respond to the opportunity of internal collusion, firms go through a whole life cycle, becoming more bureaucratized and less efficient over time. This bureaucratization affects both the intertemporal distribution of profits in a given sector and the distribution of output across sectors. In a general equilibrium model, bureaucratization has two effects: a profitability effect on the return of innovation and a reallocation effect on the skilled labour market. First, we analyse the existence and properties of stationary equilibrium growth. Second, we endogenize the transaction costs of side-contracting and show how the growth rate depends on various organizational parameters of firms.

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  • Martimort, David & Verdier, Thierry, 2001. "Monopolies Life Cycle, Bureaucratization, and Schumpeterian Growth," CEPR Discussion Papers 2700, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2700
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    1. Daron Acemoglu & Philippe Aghion & Fabrizio Zilibotti, 2003. "Vertical Integration and Distance to Frontier," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 1(2-3), pages 630-638, 04/05.
    2. Knobel, A., 2009. "Vertical Integration and Economic Growth: An Empirical Study," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, issue 3-4, pages 54-70.

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    Keywords

    Bureaucratization; Dynamic Collusion; Internal Organization Of The Firm; Schumpeterian Growth;

    JEL classification:

    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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