The author describes the property rights that exist in different organizational forms and explains how these establish incentives for managerial decision behaviour. She compares the rights, incentives,and corresponding decision behaviour in for-profit, non-profit, and public organizations under conditions of unbounded rationality. She shows that managerial responses to regulation, tax, and industrial organization policies may differ from the usual predictions when property rights are considered. She also shows how property rights link economic and organization theory.
KATHLEEN CARROLL is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has taught microeconomics, industrial organization and organizational theory, and regulation and antitrust policy for more than twenty years. She has also worked as an economist for a private firm as a consultant. She has published papers on decision behaviour in the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors.