Toward an asymmetric Coase theorem

Barbara Luppi, Francesco Parisi

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Various reformulations of the Coase theorem have developed normative corollaries on the choice of optimal remedies in the presence of positive transaction costs. In this article, we consider the extent to which these propositions are affected by the presence of asymmetric transaction costs, and we offer a reformulation of the Coase theorem which takes into account asymmetrical transaction costs. Our analysis combines several insights from the existing literature on property-type vesus liability-type remedies, identifying the conditions for the superiority of each type of remedy. Further, we consider the possible use of mixed remedies and identify the optimal scope of such solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Law and Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Asymmetric transation costs
  • Coase theorem
  • Liability-type remedies
  • Property-type remedies


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