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Unique Implementation of Incentive Contracts with Many Agents

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  • Ma, Ching-To

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The author considers the problem of implementation when a principal hires many agents and is not able to monitor their actions. He distinguishes two cases: (1) when actions are mutually observable among agents; and (2) when actions are not observable. In (1), there is a mechanism in which th e first-best arises as a unique perfect equilibrium. In (2), there are typically multiple equilibria if the principal merely offers a set of optimal sharing rules. However, the author proves that the principal can use these optimal sharing rules as a starting point for a multistage mechanism that has a unique second-best perfect Bayesian e quilibrium. Copyright 1988 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited.

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Volume (Year): 55 (1988)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 555-72

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Handle: RePEc:bla:restud:v:55:y:1988:i:4:p:555-72

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