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Joint venture instability and monitoring

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  • Prabal Roy Chowdhury

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In this paper we build a theory of joint venture formation and instability based on synergy and monitoring. We find that monitoring problems may prevent the joint venture from forming at all. Moreover, joint venture formation usually involves over-monitoring, and ex post could involve cheating by one, or both the firms. It is also possible that joint venture formation leads to zero monitoring by both the firms. We demonstrate that faced with the possibility of over-monitoring, firms may choose to under-invest in improving the input quality. We also develop some testable implications of our theory.

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  • Prabal Roy Chowdhury, 2003. "Joint venture instability and monitoring," Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers 04-09, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:isipdp:04-09
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    Keywords

    Joint venture; over-monitoring; under-monitoring; underinvestment;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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