The Limits of Coase: A Study of Financial Distress in the Shipping Industry

When: 12 Jun 2023, 14:15-15:30
Where: HoF 1.28 + online
Speaker: Oren Sussman

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Meeting ID: 683 9715 2820


The shipping industry provides a unique laboratory for examining the limits of Coase for resolving financial distress since the industry is largely detached from sovereign bankruptcy procedures. We find that private contracts and institutions have evolved to resolve coordination failures: for example, we find a low incidence of vessel seizures, ports that compete to enforce creditor rights, and small fire sale discounts. However, we report significant spillovers of financial distress for other stakeholders, particularly environmental, who bear the costs of under maintained vessels, including oil spills, and abandonment of derelict ships, which end up in toxic breaker yards.