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On the moral hazard problem without the first-order approach

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  • Kadan, Ohad
  • Swinkels, Jeroen M.
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    We study the moral hazard problem without the first-order approach or other common structure. We present sufficient conditions under which the shadow value of simultaneously tightening the minimum payment and individual rationality constraints has a simple and intuitive expression. We then show how this expression can be used to perform comparative statics exercises in which we study (i) the effect of a change in the agentʼs wealth on the well-being of the principal; and (ii) the effects of the outside option and minimum payment on the effort level optimally implemented.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Theory.

    Volume (Year): 148 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 2313-2343

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:148:y:2013:i:6:p:2313-2343

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    Keywords: Principal–agent; Moral hazard; First-order approach;

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