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Buried in Paperwork: Excessive Reporting in Organizations

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  • Roland Strausz

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    (Free University of Berlin, Department of Economics)

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This paper explains why a principal may demand too much paperwork from a subordinate: Due to limited liability and moral hazard a principal is unable to appropriate all rents. Internal paperwork allows a more accurate monitoring of the agent and enables the principal to appropriate a larger part of the agent's rent. In her decision the principal disregards the agent's cost increase of more internal paperwork. Consequently, the requested amount of internal paperwork may be too high from both the agent's personal point of view and the organization as a whole.

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Paper provided by Departmental Working Papers in its series Papers with number 021.

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  1. Strausz, Roland, 1997. "Delegation of Monitoring in a Principal-Agent Relationship," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 64(3), pages 337-57, July.
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  1. Roland Strausz, . "Timing of Verification Procedures: Monitoring versus Auditing," Papers 015, Departmental Working Papers.
  2. Florentine Maier & Julia Brandl, 2008. "They're Natural and Everywhere: How Evaluative Practices Permeate the Organization," BuR - Business Research, German Academic Association for Business Research, vol. 1(1), pages 78-92, May.
  3. Reinshagen, Felix, 2012. "Standards and Incentives under Moral Hazard with Limited Liability," Discussion Papers in Economics 12750, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  4. Reinshagen, Felix, 2011. "Standards and Incentives in Safety Regulation," Munich Dissertations in Economics 13430, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  5. Ohlendorf, Susanne & Schmitz, Patrick W., 2011. "Repeated moral hazard and contracts with memory: The case of risk-neutrality," MPRA Paper 28823, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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