Delineation of Property Rights of Complements

9 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2011

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Chung Yim Edward Yiu

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Department of Geography and Resource Management

Date Written: October 14, 2011

Abstract

In the development of transaction cost based property right analysis, clear delineation of private exclusive property rights over communal property is believed to be able to restrain rent dissipation, and is therefore conducive to market transactions and the enhancement of efficiency. However, the interdependence of the rights among complements is seldom investigated. This paper argues that in case of communal complements, the delineation of the property rights of the assets does not necessarily foster the development of market transactions, especially when the supply of one of the rights is likely to be monopolized. The postulation is justified by the multi-ownership and strata-title systems in the management of apartments.

Keywords: transaction cost, property rights, multi-ownership

JEL Classification: D23

Suggested Citation

Yiu, Chung Yim Edward, Delineation of Property Rights of Complements (October 14, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1943929 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1943929

Chung Yim Edward Yiu (Contact Author)

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Department of Geography and Resource Management ( email )

Shatin
the New Territories
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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