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Decision Rules and Information Provision: Monitoring versus Manipulation

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  • Palumbo, Giuliana
  • Iossa, Elisabetta

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The paper focuses on the organization of institutions designed to resolve disputes between two parties, when some information is not veri…able and decision makers may have vested preferences. It shows that the choice of how much discretional power to grant to the decision maker and who provides the information are intrinsically related. Direct involvement of the interested parties in the supply of information enhances monitoring over the decision maker, although at the cost of higher manipulation. Thus, it is desirable when the decision maker is granted high discretion. On the contrary, when the decision maker has limited discretional power, information provision is better assigned to an agent with no direct stake. The analysis helps to rationalize some organizational arrangements that are commonly observed in the context of judicial and antitrust decision-making.

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Paper provided by FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) in its series Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) with number 452.

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  1. Luca Anderlini & Leonardo Felli & Andrew Postlewaite, 2003. "Should Courts Always Enforce What Contracting Parties Write?," PIER Working Paper Archive 06-024, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, revised 01 Oct 2006.

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