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Ignorance in a multi-agent setting

  • Pereira, Samuel C.A.
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    I extend the Demski and Sappington (1984) model to the case where the agents are with some exogenous probability ignorant. I show that an ignorant agent either is not exposed to risk or he receives a lower transfer when the other agent is the informed type the principal wants to discourage choosing the contract designed for an ignorant agent.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 105 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 264-266

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:105:y:2009:i:3:p:264-266
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