Financing Multi-stage projects under moral hazard and limited commitment
AbstractWe present the optimal contract for financing a project that has N stages to be completed sequentially when the principal can not commit to abandone the project before it is completed and the project to be completed is valued by the agent. In a dynamic moral hazard setting, we find that the optimal contract provides decreasing transfers for successive unsuccessful attempts in a given stage, and smaller transfers when the subsequent stages are reached. We find that the optimal sequence of transfers is greater the bigger is the exogenous probability of returning to a preceding stage and the greater the principal’s cost of stage verification is. When intermediate stages are valued by the agent, we find that smaller transfers are optimal.
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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Dynamic contracts; Moral Hazard; Foreign Aid; multi-stage projects;
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- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law
- F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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- NEP-ALL-2007-05-19 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2007-05-19 (Business Economics)
- NEP-DEV-2007-05-19 (Development)
- NEP-MIC-2007-05-19 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-PPM-2007-05-19 (Project, Program & Portfolio Management)
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