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Renegotiation-Proof Third-Party Contracts under Asymmetric Information

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  • Emanuele Gerratana

    (SIPA, Columbia University)

  • Levent Kockesen

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    (Koç University)

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This paper characterizes the equilibrium outcomes of two-stage games in which the second mover has private information and can sign renegotiable contracts with a neutral third-party. Our aim is to understand whether renegotiation-proof third-party contracts can confer a strategic advantage on the second mover. We first analyze non-renegotiable contracts and show that a “folk theorem” holds: Any outcome in which the second mover best responds to the first mover’s action and the first mover obtains a payoff at least as large as his “individually rational payoff” can be supported. Renegotiation-proofness imposes some restrictions, which is most transparent in games with externalities, i.e., games in which the first mover’s payoff increases (or decreases) in the second mover’s action. In such games, a similar folk theorem holds with renegotation-proof contracts as well, but the firstmover’s individually rational payoff is in general higher.

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Paper provided by Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum in its series Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers with number 1208.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:koc:wpaper:1208

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Keywords: Third-Party Contracts; Strategic Delegation; Renegotiation; Asymmetric Information; Renegotiation-Proofness; Durability.;

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