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Bonus and Penalties in Incentive Contracting

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  • Tracy R. Lewis

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Moral hazard in risk-sharing agreements often occurs when an agent's actions cannot be observed directly. We consider the case in which there is some observable measure of the agent's performance that varies continuously with the agent's effort. We analyze contracts that allow for lump-sum bonus and penalty payments contingent on performance and generally find them preferable to contracts in which the agent's reward depends continuously on observed performance.

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  • Tracy R. Lewis, 1980. "Bonus and Penalties in Incentive Contracting," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 11(1), pages 292-301, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:bellje:v:11:y:1980:i:spring:p:292-301
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    1. Samet, Dov & Tauman, Yair, 1982. "The Determination of Marginal Cost Prices under a Set of Axioms," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 50(4), pages 895-909, July.
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    1. Zou, Liang, 1992. "Threat-based incentive mechanisms under moral hazard and adverse selection," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 47-74, March.
    2. Inés Macho-Stadler & David Pérez-Castrillo, 2016. "Moral Hazard: Base Models and Two Extensions," Working Papers 883, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
    3. W. Ekins & Andrew Brooks & Gregory Berns, 2014. "The neural correlates of contractual risk and penalty framing," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 49(2), pages 125-140, October.

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