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Competing mechanism games of moral hazard: communication and robustness

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  • Andrea Attar

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  • Eloisa Campioni

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  • Gwenaël Piaser

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  • Uday Rajan

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We consider multiple-principal multiple-agent models of moral hazard: principals compete through mechanisms in the presence of agents who take unobservable actions. In this context, we provide a rationale for restricting principals to make use of simple mechanisms, which correspond to direct mechanisms in the standard framework of Myerson (J Math Econ 10:67–81, 1982 ). Our results complement those of Han (J Econ Theory 137(1):610–626, 2007 ) who analyzes a complete information setting where agents’ actions are fully contractible. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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  • Andrea Attar & Eloisa Campioni & Gwenaël Piaser & Uday Rajan, 2012. "Competing mechanism games of moral hazard: communication and robustness," Review of Economic Design, Springer;Society for Economic Design, vol. 16(4), pages 283-296, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:reecde:v:16:y:2012:i:4:p:283-296
    DOI: 10.1007/s10058-012-0116-8
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    1. Andrea Attar & Eloisa Campioni & Gwenael Piaser, 2011. "Competing Mechanisms, Exclusive Clauses and the Revelation Principle," CEIS Research Paper 201, Tor Vergata University, CEIS, revised 30 Jun 2011.

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    Keywords

    Moral hazard; Multiple-principal multiple-agent; Simple mechanisms; D82; D86;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law

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