Buyer-Option Contracts Restored: Renegotiation, Inefficient Threats, and the Hold-Up Problem
“Buyer option” contracts, in which the buyer selects the product variant to be traded and chooses whether to accept delivery, are often used to solve hold-up problems. We present a simple game that focusses sharply on subgames in which the buyer proposes inefficient actions in order to improve his bargaining position. We argue for one of several alternative ways to model this situation. We then apply that modeling choice to recent models of the foundations of incomplete contracts and show that a buyer option contract is sufficient to induce first-best outcomes.
|Date of creation:||2004|
|Publication status:||Published in Journal of Law Economics and Organization, 2004|
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