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Experimenting with Career Concerns

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  • Halac, Marina
  • Kremer, Ilan

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A manager who learns privately about a project over time may want to delay quitting it if recognizing failure/lack of success hurts his reputation. In the banking industry, managers may want to roll over bad loans. How do distortions depend on expected project quality? What are the effects of releasing public information about quality? A key feature of banks is that they learn about project quality from bad news, i.e. a default. We show that in such an environment, distortions tend to increase with expected quality and imperfect information about quality. Results differ if managers instead learn from good news.

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  • Halac, Marina & Kremer, Ilan, 2018. "Experimenting with Career Concerns," CEPR Discussion Papers 12569, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:12569
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    Keywords

    bad loans; banks; career concerns; Dynamic games; private learning; strategic experimentation;

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    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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