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Equilibrium Limited Liability Contracts in a Landlord-Tenant Market

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  • Kaniska Dam
  • David Pérez-Castrillo

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We propose a model based on competitive markets in order to analyse an economy with several homogeneous landlords and heterogeneous tenants. We model the landlord- tenant economy as a two-sided matching game and characterise the equilibrium of this market. In equilibrium, contracts are Pareto optimal, and the incremental surplus generated in a landlord-tenant relationship accrues to the tenant. We also suggest policy measures in relation to efficiency and income distribution.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 99.

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Keywords: Moral hazard; limited liability; endogenous matching; optimal contracts;

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  1. Legros, Patrick & Newman, Andrew, 2002. "Assortative Matching in a Non-transferable World," CEPR Discussion Papers 3469, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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