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Competition And The Strategic Choice Of Managerial Incentives: The Relative Performance Case

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  • Alessandra Chirco
  • Marcella Scrimitore
  • Caterina Colombo

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In this paper we study the role of market competitiveness in a strategic delegation game in which owners delegate output decisions to managers interested in the firm's relative performance. In particular we study how the optimal delegation scheme - i.e. the distortion from pure profit maximization - is affected by market concentration and the elasticity of market demand. We show that these two indexes of market competitiveness do not alter managerial incentives in the same way: while the optimal degree of delegation decreases as the market becomes less concentrated, it increases as demand becomes more elastic.
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  • Alessandra Chirco & Marcella Scrimitore & Caterina Colombo, 2011. "Competition And The Strategic Choice Of Managerial Incentives: The Relative Performance Case," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 62(4), pages 533-547, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:metroe:v:62:y:2011:i:4:p:533-547
    DOI: j.1467-999X.2011.04124.x
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    1. Fanti, Luciano & Gori, Luca & Sodini, Mauro, 2015. "Nonlinear dynamics in a Cournot duopoly with isoelastic demand," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM), Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 129-143.
    2. Ya-Chin Wang, 2013. "Optimal R&D Policy and Managerial Delegation Under Vertically Differentiated Duopoly," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 81(4), pages 605-624, December.

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    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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