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Incomplete Contracts, the Hold-Up Problem and Asymmetric Information

  • Schmitz, Patrick W

Given symmetric information, in a standard hold-up problem a buyer's investment incentives are always increasing in his bargaining power. While this result is robust under one-sided private information, it can be overturned under two-sided private information.

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