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Aggregating Performance Measures in Multi-Task Agencies

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  • Veikko Thiele

    () (Queen`s University)

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It has been argued in the multi-task agency literature that effort distortion can be mitigated by applying several performance measures in incentive contracts. This paper analyzes the efficient aggregation of multiple performance measures aimed at motivating non-distorted effort. It demonstrates that non-distorted effort can be induced by combining a sufficient quantity of informative performance measures. However, this is only optimal if the required aggregation concurrently maximizes the precision of the agent`s performance evaluation. This paper further illustrates how the optimal performance evaluation is affected by the ability of individual agents to perform relevant tasks.

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  • Veikko Thiele, 2009. "Aggregating Performance Measures in Multi-Task Agencies," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(4), pages 2693-2699.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08d80025
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    1. Thiele, Veikko, 2007. "Performance measurement in multi-task agencies," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 61(3), pages 148-163, September.
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    3. George Baker, 2002. "Distortion and Risk in Optimal Incentive Contracts," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 37(4), pages 728-751.
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    Keywords

    Multi-task agencies; effort distortion; performance measurement; incentives;

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    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty

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