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The costs and benefits of additional information in agency models with endogenous information structures

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  • Hoppe, Eva I.
  • Schmitz, Patrick W.

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We study the effect of additional private information in an agency model with an endogenous information structure. If more private information becomes available to the agent, this may hurt the agent, benefit the principal, and affect the total surplus ambiguously.

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  • Hoppe, Eva I. & Schmitz, Patrick W., 2010. "The costs and benefits of additional information in agency models with endogenous information structures," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(1), pages 58-62, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:1:p:58-62
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    1. Eva I. Hoppe & Patrick W. Schmitz, 2013. "Public-private partnerships versus traditional procurement: Innovation incentives and information gathering," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, vol. 44(1), pages 56-74, March.
    2. Hoppe, Eva I., 2013. "Observability of information gathering in agency models," MPRA Paper 43647, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Hoppe, Eva I., 2013. "Observability of information acquisition in agency models," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(1), pages 104-107.
    4. Hoppe, Eva I. & Schmitz, Patrick W., 2010. "The costs and benefits of additional information in agency models with endogenous information structures," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(1), pages 58-62, April.
    5. Kim, Jaesoo & Shin, Dongsoo, 2014. "Information provision before a contract is offered," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 490-493.

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    Keywords

    Hidden information Adverse selection Information gathering.;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law

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