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Come Together: Firm Boundaries and Delegation

Laura  Alfaro,  Nick  Bloom,  Paola  Conconi,  Harald  Fadinger,  Patrick  Legros,  Andrew F.  Newman,  Raffaella  Sadun,  John  Van Reenen,  May 2018
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Keywords: vertical integration, delegation, real options, supply assurance

JEL Classification: D2; L2

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Little is known theoretically, and even less empirically, about the relationship between firm boundaries and the allocation of decision rights within firms. We develop a model in which firms choose which suppliers to integrate and whether to delegate decisions to integrated suppliers. We test the predictions of the model using a novel dataset that combines measures of vertical integration and delegation for a large set of firms from many countries and industries. In line with the model’s predictions, we obtain three main results: (i) integration and delegation co-vary positively; (ii) producers are more likely to integrate suppliers in input sectors with greater productivity variation (as the option value of integration is greater); and (iii) producers are more likely to integrate suppliers of more important inputs and to delegate decisions to them.