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Organization of Project Evaluation and Implementation under Moral Hazard


  • Peter-J. Jost
  • Frauke Lammers


We examine the optimal organizational form of project evaluation and implementation under moral hazard. In the evaluation phase, two fallible risk-neutral agents sequentially screen projects. The approved projects are subsequently implemented in the development phase. We show that moral hazard renders the organization as a polyarchy less attractive than as a hierarchy. Furthermore, given moral hazard, task assignment becomes relevant: For identical agents, the principal always delegates implementation to the agent who works first in the evaluation phase.

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  • Peter-J. Jost & Frauke Lammers, 2010. "Organization of Project Evaluation and Implementation under Moral Hazard," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 166(2), pages 212-238, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(201006)166:2_212:oopeai_2.0.tx_2-u

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    JEL classification:

    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior


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