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THE QUALITY OF INFORMATION AND INCENTIVES FOR EFFORT -super-

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  • OMER MOAV
  • ZVIKA NEEMAN

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We study the relationship between the precision of information about the performance of an agent in a market, and the incentives this agent has for exerting effort to produce high quality. We show that this relationship can be nonmonotonic. There exists an efficient plausible equilibrium that induces a threshold beyond which any further improvement in the precision of information weakens the agent's incentive to produce high quality. Accordingly, both very accurate and very inaccurate signals about the agent's performance may destroy its incentive to exert effort. A few applications of this result are discussed. Copyright 2010 The Authors. The Journal of Industrial Economics 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. and the Editorial Board of The Journal of Industrial Economics.

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  • Omer Moav & Zvika Neeman, 2010. "THE QUALITY OF INFORMATION AND INCENTIVES FOR EFFORT -super-," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 58(3), pages 642-660, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:58:y:2010:i:3:p:642-660
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