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Delegation in a mixed oligopoly: the case of multiple private firms

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  • John S. Heywood

    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA)

  • Guangliang Ye

    (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China)

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Previous research examining mixed duopolies shows that the use of an optimal incentive contract for the public firm increases welfare and that privatization reduces welfare. We demonstrate that these results do not generalize to a mixed oligopoly with multiple private firms. We derive the optimal incentive contract for a public firm that weighs both profit and welfare and show that its use may either increase or decrease welfare depending on the number of private firms and the exact nature of costs. We also identify the conditions that determine whether or not privatizing the public firm facing an optimal incentive contract reduces welfare. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

Volume (Year): 30 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 71-82

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