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Collective Hold-Up

Iaryczower, M and Oliveros, S Collective Hold-Up. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

We consider a dynamic process of coalition formation in which a principal bargains sequentially with a group of agents. This problem is at the core of a variety of applications in economics and politics, such as a lobbyist seeking to pass a bill, an entrepreneur setting up a start-up, or a firm seeking the approval of corrupt bureaucrats. We show that when the principal's willingness to pay is high, reallocating bargaining power from the principal to the agents generates delay and reduces agents' welfare. This occurs in spite of the lack of informational asymmetries or discriminatory offers. When this collective action problem is severe enough, agents prefer to give up considerable bargaining power in favor of the principal.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: bargaining, delay, contracting externalities, political economy, vote buying
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 13:47
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 01:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20889

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