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The Firm, the Market, and the Law
In introductory and intermediate economics, firms are assumed to exist, and are characterized by production functions, cost curves, demand curves, etc.
Organizations may seem to form "from a distance" -- cartel-types of trade made on a consistent basis to achieve some purpose, but we would probably not characterize these as firms. Coase's observation: There are costs to using the price mechanism for coordinating economic activity. Given this, alternative institutional arrangements may coordinate economic activity at a lower cost.
For example, it may be less costly for an individual to direct how resources should be used. This is a transaction-based theory. If it is more efficient for a transaction to be conducted under alternative institutions, price mechanism will not be used. Coordination by fiat. This is an important insight that has been applied toward explaining many institutions other than firms.
Institutions arise in order to economize on transaction cost Williamson, etc. For example, bank clearing houses, commodity markets, vertical integration, etc.
If it is more efficient for a transaction to take place within the firm than under some other institutional arrangement, then it will take place within the firm. The cost of coordinating the economic activity within Disney and ABC separately was higher than the cost of doing so together under the direction of Disney's management. Furthermore, it is less costly to do everything that Disney does managing by fiat than mediated through the price mechanism.
The cost of coordinating economic activity of these firms separately is lower than the cost of doing so together under GM's direction. MC of organizing one more transaction within the firm equals the cost of using alternative institutional arrangements.
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The Firm, the Market, and the Law. Ronald Coase. in University of Chicago Press Economics Books from University of Chicago Press. Abstract: Few other.
In introductory and intermediate economics, firms are assumed to exist, and are characterized by production functions, cost curves, demand curves, etc. Organizations may seem to form "from a distance" -- cartel-types of trade made on a consistent basis to achieve some purpose, but we would probably not characterize these as firms. Coase's observation: There are costs to using the price mechanism for coordinating economic activity. Given this, alternative institutional arrangements may coordinate economic activity at a lower cost. For example, it may be less costly for an individual to direct how resources should be used.
Ronald H. Coase is best known for two particular contributions to economic theory - his theory of the firm , and his theory of social cost Coase article addressed the problem of why firms exist. Conventional Neoclassical production theory conceives of a firm as little more than an technical instrument connecting factor inputs to output of goods. If so, Coase asked, then why is not production organized in a decentralized manner, e.
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The Coase Theorem is in essence an if-A-then-B statement. Previous discussions of the Theorem have mostly focused on the then-B part and examined that, given the condition of A, whether B is true or not. The present study attempts to analyze the Theorem from a different angle.
An author has a lot of nerve writing a paper on property rights, transaction costs, and Coase. Most economic undergraduates have heard at least one lecture on these subjects. Certainly most microeconomic textbooks treat all three topics to one extent or another, and there are articles with these words in their title if not ad infinitum then at least ad nauseam. Still, there often remains some confusion in both the texts and the articles 2 as to what transaction costs are and how they relate to Coase and the Coase Theorem. There is also something less than unanimity over the importance of the Coase Theorem.
The purpose of this book is to persuade my fellow economists to change the way they analyze a number of important questions in micro-economics. Most of the book consists of reprints of previously published articles, but I have attempted in an introductory essay and in a paper entitled " Notes on the Problem of Social Cost" to make clearer the character of the argument in these articles and to respond to some of the main criticisms which have been made of them. No changes have been made in the articles reprinted except to correct misprints and to remove some eccentricities in my spelling and grammar.
It offered an economic explanation of why individuals choose to form partnerships, companies and other business entities rather than trading bilaterally through contracts on a market. The author was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in in part due to this paper. Despite the honor, the paper was written when Coase was an undergraduate and he described it later in life as "little more than an undergraduate essay.
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