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The Theory of Transaction in Institutional Economics

A History, 1st Edition

By Massimiliano Vatiero


120 pages

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pub: 2020-03-15
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Despite abundant literature on transaction costs, there is little to no in-depth analysis regarding what the transaction is or how it works. Drawing on both mainstream and heterodox literature and a variety of interdisciplinary sources, this monograph traces the history of transaction costs in institutional economics, mapping the topicality and use of the idea of transaction in institutional economics literature over time, explicating how historical context affects this idea.

Vatiero treats the idea of ‘transaction’ as a construct with legal, competitive and political dimensions, and connects different approaches within institutional economics. The book covers the contributions of key thinkers from different schools, including Veblen, Coase, North, Williamson, Dixit.

This book will be of interest to advanced students and researchers of the history of economic thought, institutional economics, microeconomic theory, and law and economics.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. Introduction

2. What is a Transaction?

Part II: The Legal Dimension of Transactions

3. The Legal Position as Positional Goods

4. The Impact of Judicial Efficiency on Transactions

Part III: The Competitive Dimension of Transactions

5. The Role of Competition in Investment Choices

6. The Role of Competition in Hold-Up Risk

Part IV: The Political Dimension of Transactions

7. Transacting Party as a Political Actor

8. Politics-Based Evolution of Corporate Governance

Part V: Conclusion

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Massimiliano Vatiero is "Brenno Galli" Chair and Assistant Professor of Law and Economics at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Microeconomics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory