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Competing Mechanism Games of Moral Hazard: Communication and Robustness

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We consider multiple-principal multiple-agent models of moral hazard: principals compete through mechanisms in the presence of agents who take unobservable actions. In this context, we provide a rationale for restricting principals to make use of simple mechanisms, which correspond to direct mechanisms in the standard framework of Myerson (1982). Our results complement those of Han (2007) who analyzes a complete information setting where agents’ actions are fully contractible.

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 196.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 10 Jun 2011
Date of revision: 10 Jun 2011
Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:196

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Keywords: Moral hazard; multiple-principal multiple-agent; simple mechanisms;

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  1. Andrea Attar & Eloisa Campioni & Gwenael Piaser, 2011. "Competing Mechanisms, Exclusive Clauses and the Revelation Principle," CEIS Research Paper 201, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 30 Jun 2011.

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