The martinez legal firm (mlf) recently acquired a smaller competitor, miller and associates, which specializes in issues not previously covered by mlf, such as land use and intellectual property cases. given the increase in the firm's size and complexity, it is likely that its internal transaction costs willa. decrease. b. increase. c. become external transaction costs. d. be eliminated.
Transaction cost is the cost needed for every exchange. This cost can be external or internal. External transaction cost comes from the cost to do an exchange with a second party while internal cost comes from the company itself.
The Martinez Legal Firm acquired a competitor so their business size will increase for sure. Larger businesses will become more complex and need more management. These will, in turn, increase the internal transaction cost.