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Public goods and the hold-up problem under asymmetric information

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  • Schmitz, Patrick W.

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An agent can make an observable but non-contractible investment. A principal then offers to collaborate with the agent to provide a public good. Private information of the agent about his valuation may either decrease or increase his investment incentives, depending on whether he learns his type before or after the investment stage.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 53717.

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Keywords: asymmetric information; incomplete contracts; investment incentives; public goods;

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  1. Schmitz, Patrick W, 2012. "Incomplete contracts and optimal ownership of public goods," CEPR Discussion Papers 9141, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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