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Motivating entrepreneurial activity in a firm


  • Bernardo, Antonio E.
  • Cai, Hongbin B
  • Luo, Jiang


We consider the problem of motivating privately informed managers to engage in entrepreneurial activity to improve the quality of the firm's investment opportunities. The firm's investment and compensation policy must balance the manager's incentives to provide entrepreneurial effort and to report her private information truthfully. The optimal policy is to underinvest (compared to first-best) and provide weak incentive pay in low-quality projects and overinvest (compared to first-best) and provide strong incentive pay in high-quality projects. We also show that, unlike the standard agency model, uncertainty and incentives can be positively related.

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  • Bernardo, Antonio E. & Cai, Hongbin B & Luo, Jiang, 2005. "Motivating entrepreneurial activity in a firm," University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management qt9x19j2jf, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:anderf:qt9x19j2jf

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