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On the implementability of contracts without quasilinear utility

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Implementability conditions in Rochet (1987) are extended to utility functions not necessarily quasilinear in the transfer, or linear in the type, for the case where agents’ information is one-dimensional but actions become multidimensional. The results obtained are relevant for the characterization of optimal mechanisms in adverse selection and moral hazard problems.

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  • Ruiz del Portal, X., 2012. "On the implementability of contracts without quasilinear utility," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(1), pages 42-45.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:1:p:42-45 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.103
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    1. Kos, Nenad & Messner, Matthias, 2013. "Incentive compatibility in non-quasilinear environments," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(1), pages 12-14.
    2. Patrick Legros & Mohamed Mounir Sraieb, 2015. "Money or Projects: How Should Altruistic Donors Give Aid ?," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2015-18, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    3. X. Ruiz del Portal, 2012. "Conditions for incentive compatibility in models with multidimensional allocation functions and one-dimensional types," Review of Economic Design, Springer;Society for Economic Design, vol. 16(4), pages 311-321, December.

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    Keywords

    Incentive compatibility; Monotonicity constraints; Optimal mechanisms;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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