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original papers : Full pooling in multi-period contracting with adverse selection and noncommitment

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  • Georges Dionne

    () (HEC-MontrÊal, 3000, Chemin de la CÆte-Sainte-Catherine, MontrÊal, Canada H3T 2A7)

  • Claude Fluet

    () (UniversitÊ du QuÊbec Á MontrÊal, CP 8888 succ. Centre Ville, MontrÊal, Canada H3C 3P8)

Abstract

This paper analyses multi-period regulation or procurement policies under asymmetric information between the regulator and regulated firms. As well known in the literature, some degree of separation is always optimal under any form of commitment. In contrast, we show that full pooling is optimal under noncommitment when the discount factor is sufficiently high. We also discuss the meaning of full pooling under double randomization. Finally, we provide a graphical analysis of the second-best policy in terms of the regulator's commitment capacity.

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  • Georges Dionne & Claude Fluet, 2000. "original papers : Full pooling in multi-period contracting with adverse selection and noncommitment," Review of Economic Design, Springer;Society for Economic Design, vol. 5(1), pages 1-21.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:reecde:v:5:y:2000:i:1:p:1-21
    Note: Received: 4 December 1996 / 7 October 1999
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    1. Julie Ing, 2016. "Adverse selection, commitment and exhaustible resource taxation," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 16/263, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
    2. Julie Ing, 2012. "The impact of commitment on nonrenewable resources management with asymmetric information on costs," Working Papers 1205, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon.

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    Keywords

    Incentives; multi-period contracts; regulation; procurement; renegotiation proofness; asymmetric information; full pooling;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • H57 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Procurement

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