Mumcu, Ayse (2006): Production Complementarity and Investment Incentives: Does Asset Ownership Matter?
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This paper analyzes the role of the initial allocation of ownership rights in transactions where parties make relationship-specific investments and contracts are incomplete. If there is high mutual dependence in production, the initial allocation of ownership rights is irrelevant. This result contrasts with Grossman and Hart (1986), who, using a similar model, obtain that the ownership rights should be allocated to minimize ex-ante inefficiencies in production and assets should be owned by the party whose investment is most productive. The critical element behind these two different results is that while Grossman and Hart (1986) model uses the Nash bargaining solution treating status quo payoffs as disagreement points, here they are treated as outside options. The model also shows that, when relevant, asset ownership may provide disincentive to invest.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Production Complementarity and Investment Incentives: Does Asset Ownership Matter?|
|Keywords:||organizational behaviour; transaction costs; property rights|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L22 - Firm Organization and Market Structure
D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D23 - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
|Depositing User:||Ayşe Mumcu|
|Date Deposited:||25. Feb 2007|
|Last Modified:||23. Feb 2013 05:23|
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