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Strategies in the principal-agent model

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  • James Mirrlees

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  • Roberto Raimondo

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In this paper, we study the principal-agent problem. It is well known that in continuous-time, it is possible to prove the existence of an equilibrium $$ (u^{*},S^{*})$$ in a considerably general setting, and however little is known about the strategies themselves. Our goal is to present a universal way to construct these strategies as limiting strategies of a very simple type. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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  • James Mirrlees & Roberto Raimondo, 2013. "Strategies in the principal-agent model," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 53(3), pages 605-656, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:53:y:2013:i:3:p:605-656
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-012-0706-2
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    Keywords

    Agency theory; Principal-agent problems; Incentive schemes; Brownian motion; D81;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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