Contracting with Qualified Suppliers
In an extension of the Laffont-Tirole model, a buyer fully qualifies a set of suppliers ex ante and awards production to the most efficient ex post. The buyer's incomplete information about production costs biases ex ante market structure in favor of a greater number of qualified suppliers. Further extensions that allow product differentiation and learning-by-doing suggest explanations for split production awards and less than fully qualified suppliers. Copyright 1996 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.
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Volume (Year): 37 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
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