What is the efficient outcome for the factory to shut down to run silently or to run noisily?

The value of the factory Show more Al owns a shoe factory with noisy machines which disturb his neighbor Bob. The value of the factory (the present discounted value of its future profits) is $1000000. Producing shoes without making noise would be much more costly if Al were forced to run his factory silently the value of the factory would fall to $400000. It is estimated that the harm done to Bob (having to endure the noise) now and in the future is worth $100000. What is the efficient outcome for the factory to shut down to run silently or to run noisily? Suppose Bob was granted an injunction to stop the factory from making noise. If Bob enforced the injunction Al would have to run the factory silently.What would be Als and Bobs payoffs? If Al and Bob tried to negotiate to deal under which Bob would not enforce the injunction what would be each sides threat point during negotiations? If Bob agreed not to enforce the injunction what would be the gains from cooperation? If the gains from cooperation were split evenly between the two sides what would each sides payoff be?How much would Al be paying Bob not to enforce the injunction? Suppose instead that Al were required to pay Bob permanent damages if he wanted to continue making noise. What would Als and Bobs payoffs be? Show less

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