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Transaction Cost, Technology Transfer and Mode of Organization

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  • Mandal, Biswajit
  • Marjit, Sugata

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We develop a monopolistically competitive model for a closed economy without contract incompleteness. We show that if superior technology is not allowed to be transferred, integration would be the best mode of organization given that the transaction cost of intermediate input is sufficiently small. However, transferability of technology calls for adding the dimension of factor intensity of input. We then prove that integration could be the better option only when input production technology is capital-intensive. Thus we validate the empirical claim of Antras (2003) from a perspective other than incomplete contract.

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  • Mandal, Biswajit & Marjit, Sugata, 2010. "Transaction Cost, Technology Transfer and Mode of Organization," MPRA Paper 23602, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jun 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:23602
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    Keywords

    Transaction Cost; Technology Transfer; Outsourcing; Organization of Production; Intra-firm Trade.;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology

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