Experience Benefits and Firm Organization
AbstractA principal needs a worker for the production of a good. The worker can be hired as an internal agent, or an external agent under a contract. These two organizational modes correspond to in-house production and outsourcing, respectively. In each case, the agent earns experience benefits: future monetary returns from managing production, reputation, and enjoyment. The principal would like to extract experience benefits, and can do so when production is outsourced. However, the external agent earns information rent from private information about production costs. The principal cannot fully extract experience benefits when production is in-house because the internal agent must be provided with a minimum income, although the principal has full information on production costs. Our theory proposes a new trade-off, one between information rent under outsourcing and experience rent under in-house production. The principal chooses outsourcing when experience benefits are high, but her organizational choice may be socially inefficient.
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- Ingela Alger & Ching-to Albert Ma & Regis Renault, . "Experience Benefits and Firm Organization," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series wp2009-007, Boston University - Department of Economics.
- Ingela Alger & Ching-to Albert Ma & Regis Renault, 2009. "Experience Benefits and Firm Organization," Carleton Economic Papers 09-03, Carleton University, Department of Economics.
- Alger, Ingela & Ching-to-Albert, Ma & Renault, Régis, 2012. "Experience benefits and firm organization," Open Access publications from University of Toulouse 1 Capitole http://neeo.univ-tlse1.fr, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole.
- Ching-to Albert MA & Ingela Alger & Regis Renault, 2012. "Experience Benefits and Firm Organization," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2012-007, Boston University - Department of Economics.
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
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