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Optimal Contracts for Exploration with Cost Recovery of an Exhaustible Natural Resource Under Asymmetric Information

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  • Helal, Uddin
  • Rahman, Shaikh Mahfuzur
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    Exploration of an exhaustible resource with cost recovery under asymmetric information about cost is modeled and analyzed employing Principal-Agent theory. Allocation of lower than full information level of effort for the high-cost firms is found socially optimal. However, distortion is less in a two-stage process of exploration and extraction.

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    Paper provided by University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in its series Working Papers with number 28578.

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    Date of creation: 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:umdrwp:28578

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    Keywords: Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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