Two agents want to coordinate their decisions but may also try to extract rents from each other. Decsions are negotiated at the interim stage, when the agents have private information. The agent who owns an asset has the right to make a unilateral decision regarding this asset, so negotiations must satisfy a participation constraint. We compare nonintegration, where each agent owns one asset, with integration, where one agent owns both assets. We derive simple necessary and sufficient conditions for the first best to be implemented with integration or nonintegration. These conditions can never be satisfied simultaneously, so integration sometimes dominates nonintegration and vice versa.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||37|
|State||Published - Apr 11 2013|