Ronald H. Coase

12 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2013 Last revised: 18 May 2020

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Herbert Hovenkamp

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; University College London

Date Written: May 16, 2020


This brief essay considers the career, contributions, and influence of Ronald Coase, who passed away in September, 2013.

Keywords: Coase, Coase theorem, transaction costs, nature of the firm, institutionalism, new institutional economics, public goods, durable goods monopolist

Suggested Citation

Hovenkamp, Herbert, Ronald H. Coase (May 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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