Hedonic prices and multitask incentives
AbstractHuman tasks are often multidimensional. Holmstrom and Milgrom (1991) concluded that ghigh-poweredh incentives cannot work unless all dimensions of these tasks are observable in the firm. However, as this study shows, if the firm can observe the price vector of its products in the market, distinguish each dimension of the price vector, and connect the information with signals from workers in the firm, then the use of multitask ghigh-poweredh incentives becomes feasible. Product differentiation with committed quality satisfies those conditions, which has been practiced by Japanese, but not by Western, manufacturing for a century.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 05-32-Rev..
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2005
Date of revision: Mar 2006
multitask incentives; high-powered incentives; hedonic prices; contract theory; Japanese manufacturing.;
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- L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- N65 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Asia including Middle East
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