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Do we need handshakes to cooperate in buyer-supplier relationships?

  • José De Sousa
  • Xavier Fairise

Does formal contracting foster cooperation in a buyer-supplier relationship? In line with the literature, we find that a renegotiable contract with relationship-specific joint investments does not make it possible to reach the first-best. However, we show that a renegotiable contract may induce more cooperation than an informal arrangement. This result may help to understand how cooperation emerges in Japanese procurement practices, which typically involve relationship-specific joint investments and renegotiable contracts.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:rae:wpaper:201013
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