Coase Theorem


The concept explains one of the most influential theories in economics. It describes the fundamental principles of the theory - as well as its strengths and weaknesses - and illustrates the theory in use through various case study examples.

Technique Overview

Coase Theorem

Coase Theorem Definition

Coase theorem, named after Ronald Coase, is the proposition that if private parties can bargain without cost over the allocation of resources, they can solve the problem of externalities on their own. It states the primacy of private markets for sorting out the problems caused by the uncompensated impact of one person's actions on the well-being of a bystander (i.e. pollution from a factory) whenever there are no allocation costs (Mankiw, 2009).

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  • Coase, R.H. (1937), The Nature of the Firm, Economica, 4, pp.386–405.
  • Coase, R.H. (1960), The Problem of Social Cost, Journal of Law and Economics, 3, pp.1-44.
  • Coase, R.H. (1974), The Lighthouse in Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, 17(2), pp.357–376.
  • Coase, R.H. (1991), Prize Lecture to the memory of Alfred Nobel. The Institutional Structure of Production, December 9, available at: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/1991/coase-lecture.html

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