Transaction Costs

Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Volume I: The History and Methodology of Law and Economics, Bouckaert and De Geest (ed) Edward Elgar, 2000

34 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2021

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

This chapter addresses the history, use and significance of the term transaction costs. Few words in the economic language have been more abused or fought over and this is shown to result from the emergence of two distinct definitions and uses. The ‘Neoclassical’ definition rests on the costs of trading across a market, while the ‘property rights’ definition centers on the costs of establishing and enforcing property rights. In articulating these two separate definitions and in demonstrating their relationship and separate uses, it is hoped that more progress can be made in the field of transaction cost economics.

Keywords: Transaction Costs, Property Rights, Coase Theorem

JEL Classification: K0, L0, L2, D0, D8

Suggested Citation

Allen, Douglas W., Transaction Costs (2000). Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Volume I: The History and Methodology of Law and Economics, Bouckaert and De Geest (ed) Edward Elgar, 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3854075

Douglas W. Allen (Contact Author)

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