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Stochastic Mechanisms and Quasi-Linear Preferences

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  • Schottmuller, C.
  • Boone, J.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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Abstract: Many optimal contracting papers use quasi-linear preferences. To exclude stochastic mechanisms they impose a (sufficient) condition on how the curvature of an agent's objective function varies with type. We show with quasi-linear preferences that an optimal deterministic outcome without bunching implies that stochastic mechanisms are not optimal (without any additional assumptions).

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2012-047.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2012047

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Keywords: stochastic mechanisms; contract theory; quasi-linear preferences;

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