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Revenue Sharing and Control Rights in Team Production: Theories and Evidence from Joint Ventures

Chong-En Bai, Zhigang Tao () and Changqi Wu ()

RAND Journal of Economics, 2004, vol. 35, issue 2, 277-305

Abstract: We present a model of team production motivated by the stylized facts we found from a sample of 200 joint-venture contracts. The model incorporates the revenue-sharing contract into the property rights and the transaction cost theories of the firm, and it emphasizes the impact of expropriation. Joint control can be optimal as well as unilateral control. Our econometric analysis of the revenue-sharing and control arrangements offers strong support to our model motivated by property rights theory with self-investment but rejects that with cooperative investment. The model motivated by transaction cost theory leaves some important empirical findings unexplained. Our findings reject some existing theories of joint ownership.

Date: 2004
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