Coase and the Logic of Institutional Economics


In this video lecture Professor Douglas Allen provides an overview of the Coase theorem and the concept of transaction costs. He makes the case that these are the necessary components for explaining any institution or organization and thus essential tools for approaching institutional puzzles.


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