The Organization of Family Interactions: Minimizing Transaction Costs and Strategic Behavior
UC Santa Cruz Economics Working Paper No. 588
26 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2005
Date Written: February 2005
The optimal organization of the family requires that relations are structured so that non-cooperative game playing is minimized and transaction costs are reduced. I show that therapeutic advice for behavior within the family is to create a functioning property rights system. Punishment is shown to be inferior to setting limits because the first encourages strategic game playing. I show why there is conflict between parent and their child even when the parent maximizes the child's expected discounted utility. In addition, I provide a model of the intergenerational transfer of behavior.
Keywords: internal organization of the family, transaction cost, psychology,
JEL Classification: A12, D19, D74
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