Market Microstructure: Intermediaries and the Theory of the Firm

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Februar 2004



Spulber presents a theory of the firm based on its economic role as an intermediary between customers and suppliers.


Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Market Microstructure and the Intermediation Theory of the Firm: 1. Market microstructure and intermediation; 2. Price setting and intermediation by firms 3. Competition Part II. Competition and Market Equilibrium: 3. Competition between intermediaries; 4. Intermediation and general equilibrium; Part III. Intermediation Versus Decentralized Trade: 5. Matching and intermediation by firms; 6. Search and intermediation by firms; Part IV. Intermediation under Asymmetric Information: 7. Adverse selection in product markets; 8. Adverse selection in financial markets; Part V. Intermediation and Transaction Costs: 9. Transaction costs and the contractual theory for the firm; 10. Transaction costs and the intermediation theory of the firm; Part VI. Intermediation and Agency: 11. Agency and the organizational-incentive theory of the firm; 12. Agency and the intermediation theory of the firm; Conclusion.


"Market Microstructure provides a rich new theoretical analysis of the role of firms in markets. It argues convincingly that by acting as intermediaries, firms can alleviate the problems of adverse selection, moral hazard, and high search costs, and can encourage valuable investment. Using elegantly simple models, this book offers deep new insights into why firms emerge and how markets function." Paul Milgrom, Stanford University "Dan Spulber has been among the foremost contributors to the recent research on the role of firms as intermediaries (i.e., as middlemen). Different researchers have focused on differing roles for the firm, including reducing costs due to asymmetric information, search and matching, adverse selection, transactions costs, and agency. His new book provides a clear presentation of these developments that is outstanding for its breadth and depth, and for the order and organization he brings to a challenging topic." James Friedman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "Spulber's book provides an innovative and comprehensive look at two important issues--the formation and boundaries of firms and the microstructure of markets. This book does an excellent job of combining different models in a unified approach to studying firms and markets. I believe it will be an excellent text for students of this subject. " Chaim Fershtman, Tel Aviv University
EAN: 9780521659789
ISBN: 0521659787
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2004
Seitenanzahl: 408 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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