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On the existence of share contracts under limited liability


  • Dam, Kaniṣka
  • Ruiz Pérez, Daniel


In a principal-agent relationship under limited liability, the agent in general receives the full share of revenue. We show that when the agent exerts effort in multiple tasks, the effort substitution effect helps explain the existence of share contracts even under limited liability.

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  • Dam, Kaniṣka & Ruiz Pérez, Daniel, 2012. "On the existence of share contracts under limited liability," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(3), pages 552-555.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:3:p:552-555 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.07.035

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    1. Inés Macho-Stadler & David Pérez-Castrillo, 2016. "Moral Hazard: Base Models and Two Extensions," Working Papers 883, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    2. Mahmoud Sami Nabi, 2016. "Revisiting equity and debt: access to finance and economic inefficiency," International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 63(4), pages 393-429, December.

    More about this item


    Multitasking; Effort substitution; Share contracts;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill


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