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The Time Structure of Self-Enforcing Agreements

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  • Debraj Ray

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    (Department of Economics, New York University, 269 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10003, U.S.A.)

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A principal and an agent enter into a sequence of agreements. The principal faces an interim participation constraint at each date, but can commit to the current agreement; in contrast, the agent has the opportunity to renege on the current agreement. We study the time structure of agreement sequences that satisfy participation and no-deviation constraints and are (constrained) efficient. We show that every such sequence must, after a finite number of dates, exhibit a continuation that maximizes the "agent's" payoff over all such efficient, self-enforcing sequences. Additional results are provided for situations with transferable payoffs. Copyright The Econometric Society 2002.

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Article provided by Econometric Society in its journal Econometrica.

Volume (Year): 70 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 547-582

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Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:70:y:2002:i:2:p:547-582

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