Ronald Coase

Ronald Harry Coase (/ˈks/; 29 December 1910 – 2 September 2013) was a British economist and author. He was the Clifton R. Musser Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Law School, where he arrived in 1964 and remained for the rest of his life. He received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1991.[1]

Ronald Coase
Ronald Coase
Born
Ronald Harry Coase

(1910-12-29)29 December 1910
Willesden, London, England
Died2 September 2013(2013-09-02) (aged 102)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
NationalityBritish
InstitutionUniversity of Dundee
University of Liverpool
London School of Economics
University at Buffalo
University of Virginia
University of Chicago
FieldLaw and economics
School or
tradition
New institutional economics
Chicago School of Economics
Alma materUniversity of London
London School of Economics
ContributionsCoase theorem
Analysis of transaction costs
Coase conjecture
AwardsNobel Prize in Economics (1991)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Coase, who believed economists should study real markets and not theoretical ones, established the case for the corporation as a means to pay the costs of operating a marketplace.[2] Coase is best known for two articles in particular: "The Nature of the Firm" (1937), which introduces the concept of transaction costs to explain the nature and limits of firms; and "The Problem of Social Cost" (1960), which suggests that well-defined property rights could overcome the problems of externalities (see Coase theorem). Additionally, Coase's transaction costs approach is currently influential in modern organizational economics, where it was reintroduced by Oliver E. Williamson.