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Incentive Compatibility and Pricing under Moral Hazard

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  • Belen Jerez

    (Universidad Carlos III)

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We show how to recover equilibrium prices supporting incentive efficient allocations in a classic insurance economy with moral hazard. Our key modeling choice is to impose the incentive compatibility constraints on insurance firms, and not on consumers as in Prescott and Townsend (1984). We show that equilibrium prices of insurance contracts are equal to the sum of the shadow costs arising from the resource and incentive compatibility constraints in the planner's problem. The equilibrium allocations are the same as when the incentive compatibility constraints are imposed on consumers. As in Prescott and Townsend, the two welfare theorems hold. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 8 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 28-47

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  1. Joao Correia-da-Silva & Carlos Hervés-Beloso, 2012. "Irrelevance of private information in two-period economies with more goods than states of nature," FEP Working Papers 473, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  2. Aldo Rustichini & Paolo Siconolfi, 2008. "General equilibrium in economies with adverse selection," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 1-29, October.
  3. João Correia da Silva & Carlos Hervés-Beloso, 2012. "Existence and generic efficiency of equilibrium in two-period economies with private state-verification," FEP Working Papers 443, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  4. Joon Song, 2012. "Futures market: contractual arrangement to restrain moral hazard in teams," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 51(1), pages 163-189, September.
  5. João Correia-da-Silva & Carlos Hervés-Beloso, 2008. "General equilibrium with private state verification," FEP Working Papers 269, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  6. Joao Correia-da-Silva & Carlos Herves-Beloso, 2010. "Two-period economies with private state verification," FEP Working Papers 374, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  7. Paolo Siconolfi & Aldo Rustichini, 2012. "Economies with Observable Types," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 15(1), pages 57-71, January.
  8. Piero Gottardi & Belén Jerez, 2006. "A Note on Walrasian Equilibria with Moral Hazard and Aggregate Uncertainty," Working Papers 2006_43, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".

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