J.F. AAS Oct. 1996
Review & Application of All Transaction Cost Sources
Information As A Good / Information Aspect of Goods
|SITUATION (& GOOD)||STRUCTURE||PERFORMANCE|
|Good= Production of
MC = 0
|Trade secret rights.
To produce the info: use fees or taxes; private or public firms.
|Ineffective if HEC.
Free vs unwilling riders.
Who pays fixed cost?
Who chooses quality?
|Good= blood, coffee beans
HIC--measurement of labor or commodity quality.
Labor identifies with firm.
|Consumers make few mistakes. Labor does not shirk. Ditto for borrowers.|
|Good= machines, human capital
Uncertainty + asset specificity.
Keiretsu; German banking.
Plantations. Farmer must buy inputs from processor.
|Value of specific assets not lost.
Trade-off between flexible technology
and low cost per unit of output.
Degree of opportunism.
(Cost of negotiation)
Related to number of and access to parties.
|Integration; the firm.
Damages vs injunction.
Class action rights.
|Ability to trade impersonally at a
Who gets rent?
|Good= future state of world.
Uncertainty. Fickle engineers and consumers.
(no names for variables)
|Advertising. Consumer co-op
Subsidies to investment in new technology.
Learning the culture.The firm.
|Consumers stay loyal.
Uncertainty reduced to risk.
Consumers stay until investments are recovered.
On net, get it right more than wrong. Acts of others predictable.
Work together to imagine and create the future. (Hodgson)
Good= rights (?). Costly to contract with govt. and everyone to establish ownership & to agree on what is a leading sector.
|1. Security of rights (North)
2. Selected rights shifts,
Eg. Private eminent domain
|Incentive to invest.
Reduces costs to establish leading sectors.
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