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Case Studies in Contracting and Organization is an edited collection of empirical studies from the transaction-cost economics literature on contracting and organization. Derived from the work of Ronald Coase, 1991 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Olive Williamson, and other transaction-cost economists, the studies explore such fundamental organizational issues as the role of reputation, the purpose and limitations of contracts, the nature and boundaries of the firm, and the evolution and role of hybrid organizational forms such as franchising, leasing, and joint ventures. Industries covered include aerospace, automotive, electric power generation, fast food, natural gas, ocean shipping, petroleum, coke refining, rail transportation, soft drink distribution, shoe manufacturing, and tuna processing. An introductory chapter provides an overview of transaction-cost reasoning and a summary of each study's contributions to our understanding of the problem of economic organization. The relatively nontechnical nature of the readings makes the book accessible to business and law students as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students of economics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195092523
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/25/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 A Hypothesis of Wealth-Maximizing Norms: Evidence from the Whaling Industry 29
3 Comparative Institutional Economics: The Governance of Rail Freight Contracting 43
4 Quantity and Price Adjustment in Long-Term Contracts: A Case Study of Petroleum Coke 64
5 Efficient Adaptation in Long-Term Contracts: Take-or-Pay Provisions for Natural Gas 90
6 Contract Duration and Relationship-Specific Investments: Empirical Evidence from Coal Markets 104
7 Contracting Practices in Bulk Shipping Markets: A Transactions Cost Explanation 130
8 Vertical Integration as Organizational Ownership: The Fisher Body-General Motors Relationship Revisited 165
9 Supplier Switching Costs and Vertical Integration in the Automobile Industry 179
10 The Organization of Production Evidence from the Aerospace Industry 188
11 Exclusive Dealing and Vertical Integration: The Efficiency of Contracts in the Tuna Industry 203
12 United States v. United Shoe Machinery Corporation: On the Merits 224
13 Strategy and Transactions Costs: The Organization of Distribution in the Carbonated Soft Drink Industry 255
14 Costs of Control: The Source of Economic Rents for McDonald's Franchisees 295
Bibliography 325
Index 335
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