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The Economics of Business Enterprise

An Introduction to Economic Organisation and the Theory of the Firm, Third Edition Martin Ricketts, Professor of Economic Organisation, University of Buckingham, UK
Students and researchers specialising in the fields of economics and business will find that this third, updated edition of The Economics of Business Enterprise continues to provide stimulating insights suggestive of further research.
Extent: 616 pp
Hardback Price: $231.00 Web: $207.90
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 524 8
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  • Business and Management
  • International Business
  • Economics and Finance
  • Industrial Organisation
  • International Economics
To own or not to own? To make or to buy? To franchise or to manage? To contract long or to contract short? To trust or not to trust? To license or not to license? These and other questions are the subject matter of this excellent introduction to the theory of economic organisation.

This fully updated edition of Martin Ricketts’s 1987 book includes:

• New developments in the property rights theory of the firm
• Further extended treatment of co-operative and mutual forms of enterprise
• Entirely new sections on transactions cost economics and public policy
• New chapters on the economics of privatisation and the regulation of ‘natural monopoly’.

In addition, transaction cost, property rights and agency approaches are contrasted, and Austrian and evolutionary criticisms of standard theory are explored. The author applies these theories to a wide range of questions from the choice of piece rates or time rates in contracting to the debate on Anglo-American versus other ‘varieties of capitalism’. Public policy in the fields of regulation and privatisation is also considered using the same framework.

Non-specialists will find this book to be an accessible introduction to the main theoretical approaches to economic organisation. Students and researchers specialising in the fields of economics and business will find that this third, updated edition of The Economics of Business Enterprise continues to provide stimulating insights suggestive of further research.
‘This is a most enlightening book written in a most accessible style, with periodic in-depth treatment of theoretical propositions, using diagrams. Students studying a variety of economics and business related courses could find this book invaluable.’
– David Gray, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

‘One of the most exciting developments in economics in recent decades has been the emergence of a coherent framework for understanding why organisations have different structures and attributes. There is no better way of learning about this fascinating literature on incomplete information and transaction costs than Martin Ricketts’s accessible and authoritative book. Very highly recommended.’
– J.H. Pencavel, Stanford University, US

‘Martin Ricketts has succeeded in updating his book with the addition of a completely new section on the burning issue of privatisation policy in East and West, along with a very readable exposition of the new micro-foundation of property rights theory. It is a brilliantly lucid introduction into modern institutional economics, exemplified by the theory of the firm – the best book of its kind on the market.’
– Rudolf Richter, University of Saarland, Germany
Contents: Preface Preface to the First Edition Preface to the Second Edition Part I: Basic Concepts 1. The Gains from the Trade 2. Transactions Costs 3. The Entrepreneur 4. Property Rights 5. Principal and Agent Part II: The Structure of Economic Organisations 6. Hierarchies 7. Integration and the Visible Hand 8. Corporate Governance 1: Managerial Incentives 9. Corporate Governance 2: The Takeover and Capital Structure 10. Profit-Sharing, Cooperative and Mutual Enterprise 11. Non-Profit and Charitable Enterprise 12. Evolution and Economic Organisation Part III: Public Policy and Economic Organisation 13. Economic Organisation and the Role of the State 14. Private and Public Enterprise: The Ownership of Business 15. Economic Regulation and the Structure of Business Bibliography