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This book brings together classic writings on the economic nature and organization of firms, including works by Ronald Coase, Armen Alchian and Harold Demsetz, Michael Jensen and William Meckling, and Oliver Williamson, as well as more recent contributions by Paul Milgrom and John Roberts, Bengt Holmstrom, and Oliver Hart. Part I explores the general theme of the firm's economic nature and its place in the market system; Part II covers the scope of the firm; Part III examines internal organization and the human factor; and Part IV ties the firm's organization and behavior to issues of financing and ownership. This second edition has twelve new selections and an introductory essay that surveys the new institutional economics of the firm.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521322782
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/26/1986
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's preface
The economic nature of the firm: a new introduction 1
1 From The Wealth of Nations 35
2 From Capital 46
3 From Risk, Uncertainty and Profit 60
4 The use of knowledge in society 66
5 Relational exchange: economics and complex contracts 72
6 From The Visible Hand 78
7 The nature of the firm 89
8 Vertical integration, appropriable rents, and the competitive contracting process 105
9 The governance of contractual relations 125
10 The organization of industry 136
11 The limits of firms: incentive and bureaucratic features 146
12 Bargaining costs, influence costs, and the organization of economic activity 162
13 Towards an economic theory of the multiproduct firm 175
14 Production, information costs, and economic organization 193
15 Contested exchange: new microfoundations for the political economy of capitalism 217
16 Understanding the employment relation: the analysis of idiosyncratic exchange 233
17 Multitask principal - agent analyses: incentive contracts, asset ownership, and job design 254
18 The prisoners' dilemma in the invisible hand: an analysis of intrafirm productivity 267
19 Labor contracts as partial gift exchange 276
20 Profit sharing and productivity 288
21 Mergers and the market for corporate control 299
22 Agency problems and the theory of the firm 302
23 Theory of the firm: managerial behavior, agency costs, and ownership structure 315
24 Organizational forms and investment decisions 336
25 The structure of ownership and the theory of the firm 345
26 An ecomomist's perspective on the theory of the firm 000
27 Ownership and the nature of the firm 000
References 000
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