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Information Structures and the Delegation of Monitoring

  • Pau OLIVELLA

If the owner of a firm cannot commit ex-ante to monitor his workers and the monitoring technology may accuse a diligent worker of shirking (produce a “false positive”), the lack of commitment problem is extremely severe : the worker may shirk even if monitoring is costless. However, the same presence of false positives is necessary for this commitment problem to be fully resolved either through delegation of monitoring or through contracting with a passive third party.

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Article provided by ENSAE in its journal Annals of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): (1995)
Issue (Month): 39 ()
Pages: 1-32

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