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Multitasking, Multidimensional Screening, and Moral Hazard with Risk Neutral Agents




In this paper we consider a model where a risk-neutral principal devises a contract for a risk neutral agent who can exert effort along different dimensions and possesses private information about her cost of effort. We show that when the number of effort dimensions exceeds the number of performance measures observed by the principal hidden action leads to an additional welfare loss compared with pure adverse selection even if both parties are risk neutral and the production technology is independent of the agent's type. The result implies that if effort has many dimensions it is beneficial to the principal to base employees' compensation on many performance measures rather than on a single 'bottom-line' measure (e.g. their contribution to the company's profits). Copyright © 2010 The Economic Society of Australia.

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  • Suren Basov & Svetlana Danilkina, 2010. "Multitasking, Multidimensional Screening, and Moral Hazard with Risk Neutral Agents," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 86(s1), pages 80-86, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:86:y:2010:i:s1:p:80-86

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    1. Basov Suren & Bhatti M. Ishaq, 2013. "Optimal Contracting Model in a Social Environment and Trust-Related Psychological Costs," The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 1-14, April.
    2. Meng, Dawen & Tian, Guoqiang, 2013. "Multi-task incentive contract and performance measurement with multidimensional types," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 77(1), pages 377-404.

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