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Cooperative production and efficiency

  • Carmen Bevia
  • Luis C. Corchon

We characterize the sharing rule for which a contribution mechanism achieves efficiency in a cooperative production setting when agents are heterogeneous. The sharing rule bears no resemblance to those considered by the previous literature. We also show for a large class of sharing rules that if Nash equilibrium yields efficient allocations, the production function displays constant returns to scale, a case in which cooperation in production is useless.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we070502.

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