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Make Versus Buy in Trucking: Asset Ownership, Job Design, and Information


Thomas N. Hubbard


Northwestern University - Department of Management & Strategy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

George P. Baker


HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)


American Economic Review, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Explaining patterns of asset ownership in the economy is a central goal of both organizational economics and industrial organization. We develop a model of asset ownership in trucking, which we test by examining how the adoption of different classes of on-board computers (OBCs) between 1987 and 1997 influenced whether shippers use their own trucks for hauls or contract with for-hire carriers. We find that OBCs' incentive-improving features pushed hauls toward private carriage, but their resource-allocation-improving features pushed them toward for-hire carriage. We conclude that ownership patterns in trucking reflect the importance of both incomplete and of job design and measurement issues.

JEL Classification: D23, L14, L22, L23, L92

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Date posted: February 7, 2003  

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Hubbard, Thomas N. and Baker, George P., Make Versus Buy in Trucking: Asset Ownership, Job Design, and Information. American Economic Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=377341

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Thomas N. Hubbard (Contact Author)
Northwestern University - Department of Management & Strategy ( email )
Kellogg School of Management
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
George P. Baker
HBS Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit ( email )
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6119 (Phone)
617-496-4191 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.people.hbs.edu/gbaker/index.html
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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