Posted: 7 Feb 2003
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
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=377341