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Complementarity, Coordination, and Credit


  • Alessandro Fedele
  • Andrea Mantovani


We consider a start-up firm run by an owner-manager who applies for a bank loan to implement a project based on two complementary activities. Complementarity can be improved by coordinating the activities, either by the manager or by an internal employee to whom the task is delegated. In the former case coordination is not verifiable and moral hazard arises, while in the latter case the informational asymmetry is mitigated. We find parameter regions where, absent delegation, either the firm obtains no loan or the surplus, defined as the sum of bank's and manager's utility, shrinks. We also consider bank monitoring, which yields both redistributive and surplus-reducing effects.

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  • Alessandro Fedele & Andrea Mantovani, 2008. "Complementarity, Coordination, and Credit," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 164(2), pages 230-253, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200806)164:2_230:ccac_2.0.tx_2-8

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    1. A. Fedele & A. Mantovani & F. Liucci, 2010. "Credit availability in the crisis: which role for the European Investment Bank Group?," Working Papers 699, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
    2. Alessandro Fedele & Andrea Mantovani, 2010. "The Importance of Being Consulted," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 11(2), pages 231-245, November.
    3. Artur Grigoryan, 2015. "Delegation in sovereign wealth funds," International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 62(4), pages 363-380, December.

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    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


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