Economic Analysis of Property Rights

Economic Analysis of Property Rights

Edition number: 3
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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No. of pages:300 pages
Size:230x154x17 mm
Weight:436 g
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Economic property rights are the fundamental unit of economic analysis, necessary to resource allocation, organizations, and institutions.

Long description:
The standard neoclassical model of economics is incapable of explaining why one form of organization arises over another. It is a model where transaction costs are implicitly assumed to not exist; however, transaction costs are here defined as the costs of strengthening a given distribution of economic property rights, and they always exist. Economic Analysis of Property Rights is a study of how individuals organise resources to maximise the value of their economic rights over these resources. It offers a unified theoretical structure to deal with exchange, rights formation, and organisation that traditional economic theory often ignores. It explains how transaction costs can be reduced through reorganization and, in the end, how the distribution of property rights that exists is the one that maximizes wealth net of these transaction costs. This necessary hypothesis explains much of the puzzling organizations and institutions that exist now and have existed in the past.

'This new Third Edition of Economic Analysis of Property Rights carries one of the greatest classics of economics into the twenty-first century. Starting with unusually rigorous definitions of transaction costs, property rights, and resources, Barzel and Allen lay out a fruitful framework for analyzing institutions and employ it to generate a stunning array of insights into a wide variety of real-world situations. This book is essential reading for economists, legal scholars, policymakers, and anyone else who wants a fresh take on the way institutions work.' Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School
Table of Contents:
Part I. Conceptual Issues: 1. The Neoclassical Problem; 2. Economic Property Rights; 3 : Transaction Costs; 4. Information Costs; 5. The Theory of Economic Property Rights; Part II. Contracts, Organizations, and Institutions: 6. Exchange, Contracts, and Contract Choice; 7. Divided Ownership and Organization; 8. Institutions; Part III. Establishing Property Rights: 9. Capture in the Public Domain; 10. Forming Property Rights; 11. Benefits of the Public Domain; Part IV. Non Price Allocation and Other Issues: 12. Non-wage Labor Markets; 13. Property Rights in Non-Market Allocations; 14. Additional Property Rights Applications; 15. The Property Rights Model; Bibliography; Index.