Berardi, Nicoletta and Seabright, Paul (2020) Joint Ownership of Production Projects as a Commitment Device against Interest Groups. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 176 (3). pp. 572-594.

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Identification Number : 10.1628/jite-2020-0027


This paper investigates an unexplored rationale for joint ownership of a production project. We model projects with autocorrelated productivity shocks as creating an option value of investing over time so that later investments benefit from the information revealed by the realization of earlier investments. However, internal and external interest groups may pressurize owners into paying out early revenues. Joint ownership provides a commitment mechanism against them, thereby enabling more efficient levels of investment. The Business Environment and Enterprises Performance survey data corroborate the model's prediction that organizations under interest-group lobbying pressure are more likely to choose joint ownership.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 12 February 2020
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2020 09:30
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2023 07:56
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