Ronald Coase

Coase, Ronald Harry

Ronald Harry Coase (kōz), 1910–2013, British economist, b. London, Ph.D. Univ. of London, 1951. He was raised and educated in England before coming to the United States, where he was a professor at the Univ. of Buffalo (1951–58), the Univ. of Virginia (1958–64), and the Univ. of Chicago Law School (1964–1981, emeritus from 1982). A pioneer in the field of transaction cost economics, he studied the ways in which legal rules affect economic behavior. He won the 1991 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and wrote the influential essays "The Nature of the Firm" (1937) and "The Problem of Social Cost" (1960).

See studies by T. North (1992), S. G. Medema (1994) and as ed. (2 vol., 1995), L. W. C. Lai (2011), and R. A. Posner and F. Parisi, ed. (2 vol., 2013).

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Firms, Organizations and Contracts: A Reader in Industrial Organization
Peter J. Buckley; Jonathan Michie.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Nature of the Firm" by R. H. Coase"
Coase Theorems 1-2-3
Felder, Joseph.
American Economist, Vol. 45, No. 1, Spring 2001
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Taking Coase Seriously
Gibbons, Robert.
Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 44, No. 1, March 1999
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Work and Welfare: The Social Costs of Labor in the History of Economic Thought
Donald R. Stabile.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Orthodox Economics and the Scientific Treatment of Labor"
The Myth of Two Coases: What Coase Is Really Saying
Medema, Steven G.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 28, No. 1, March 1994
Two Coases or Two Theorems?
Canterbery, E. Ray; Marvasti, A.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 28, No. 1, March 1994
Coase, Costs, and Coordination
Medema, Steven G.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 1996
What Happened to Property in Law and Economics?
Merrill, Thomas W.; Smith, Henry E.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 111, No. 2, November 2001
Property Rights Solutions for the Global Commons: Bottom-Up or Top-Down?
Anderson, Terry L.; Grewell, J. Bishop.
Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall 1999
The Coase Theorem and the Eleventh Amendment
Farber, Daniel A.
Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer 1996
Technology, Organization, and Competitiveness: Perspectives on Industrial and Corporate Change
Giovanni Dosi; David J. Teece; Josef Chytry.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Coase Revisited: Business Groups in the Modern Economy" begins on p. 67
The Uncertain Foundations of Transaction Costs Economics
Slater, Gary; Spencer, David A.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2000
Patterns of American Jurisprudence
Neil Duxbury.
Clarendon Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ronald Coase begins on p. 381
Private Property Rights, Economic Freedom, and Professor Coase: A Critique of Friedman, McCloskey, Medema, and Zorn
Block, Walter.
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 26, No. 3, Summer 2003
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Coase, Demsetz, and the Unending Externality Debate
McChesney, Fred S.
The Cato Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter 2006
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