Kraks Fond seminar den 24. april fra kl. 12.30-13.30 “Bargaining under assymetric information: Why are there so few elevators in Copenhagen?”, Professor Marcus Asplund, Copenhagen Business School

Kraks Fond Seminar. Fæstningens Materielgård, Frederiksholms Kanal 30, Bygning D. Fra kl. 12.30-13.30. Alle er velkomne!


It is well know that asymmetric information might lead to underprovision of public goods. To test the theoretical prediction, we study the decision to retrot an elevator into an old apartment building, in which each owner has to agree on how the investment cost is split. The asymmetric information aspect is due to partly unobserved individual valuations of an elevator.

We tailor Hellwig (2003) to the features of the retrotting problem and use this to predict which building characteristics should make it easier for owners to agree. Data from Copenhagen broadly support the models predictions. We use transaction data to estimate the market value of an elevator and conclude that for approximately 30-40 percent of the buildings without an elevator the aggregate increase in value exceeds the investment cost.