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Delegation of Authority as an Optimal (In)complete Contract

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  • Andreas Roider

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The present paper aims to contribute to the literature on the foundations of incomplete contracts by providing conditions under which simple delegation of authority is the solution to the complete-contracting problem of the parties. We consider a hold-up framework where both parties profit from an investment that raises the value of an asset. Delegation turns out to be optimal if (i) the decision-dependent parts of the payoffs of the parties are linear in the asset value, and (ii) decisions have no investment-independent effect. If overinvestment might be an issue, delegation, however, with restricted competencies is optimal if some additional continuity requirements are met.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse8_2003.

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Length: 21
Date of creation: May 2003
Date of revision: Aug 2004
Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse8_2003

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Keywords: delegation; decentralization; authority; incomplete contracts; holdup; property rights;

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