Team Production, Sequential Investments, and Stochastic Payoffs
AbstractThis paper investigates a team production problem where two parties invest sequentially to generate a joint surplus. We find that the first best can be implemented even if the investment return is highly uncertain. The optimal contract entails a basic dichotomy: it is a simple option contract if investments of both parties are substitutive, and a linear incentive contract if they are complementary. These arrangements can be interpreted in terms of asset ownership, and renegotiation arises in equilibrium after the first agent has invested.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.
Volume (Year): 157 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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- Christoph Lülfesmann, 2000. "Team Production, Sequential Investments and Stochastic Payoffs," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers bgse6_2001, University of Bonn, Germany.
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- L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
- L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
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