Coase Colored Glasses

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Wal-Mart vs. Costco

Not sure if anyone reads this blog anymore, but if so then read this.
I'm not necessarily anti-Wal-Mart, but there is a better way, as this article shows.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Coase Colored Glasses

Realtors as cartel
Realtors exist to reduce transaction costs, which sounds like a nice market solution to a diffused information problem. But, the National Association of Realtors and their state affiliates have managed to turn their services into a cartel where they are able to set their pricces at 6% of the selling price. Freakonomics has a good chapter on whether or not you should use a realtor. Here is a recent post on their webpage on the topic.