Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Issue: Vol. 5, No 1, 2012
Published date: 20-05-2012 (print) / 20-05-2012 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Balazs Kallay
Keywords: theory, firm, contract, transaction costs, market, hierarchy
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2012/5-1/3
Index PUBMS: 204c9584-aa13-11e7-8eae-080027f4daa0
Language: English
Pages: 39-50 (12)
JEL classification: D21, D23, D86

In the present article I examine the largest and most elaborated group of theories of the firm, namely the contract theory of the firm, systemizing and comparing the main ascertainments of each theory. Introducing the development process from the neoclassical theories of economics to the contract theory of the firm, I highlighted the conception of Knight and Coase is made the theories attain its nowadays known form. By analysing classical and modern authors in details my piece of work gives answers to the three big questions of the theory of the firm – what is the cause of the existence of the firms, what determines the boundaries of the firm and what determines the internal structure of the firm according to these theories?