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Endogenous Verifiability and Optimality in Agency: A non-contingent approach

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In the context of a principal-agent model where verification of an agent’s effort is endogenously determined through strategic interactions between contracting parties, we derive a necessary and suficient condition to achieve the first best with a non-contingent or incomplete contract. These conditions relate the Principal’s benefit, the Agent’s cost, the probability of winning and the cost of litigation. Also, these conditions are found to be more general than the ones established in Ishiguro (2002) within a similar setup.

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Paper provided by Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines in its series ILADES-Georgetown University Working Papers with number inv189.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ila:ilades:inv189

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Keywords: incomplete contracts; endogenous verifiability; expectation damages.;

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