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Growth, Selection and Appropriate Contracts

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  • Bonfiglioli, Alessandra
  • Gancia, Gino A

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We study a dynamic model where growth requires both long-term investment and the selection of talented managers. When ability is not ex-ante observable and contracts are incomplete, managerial selection imposes a cost, as managers facing the risk of being replaced tend to choose a sub-optimally low level of long-term investment. This generates a trade-off between selection and investment that has implications for the choice of contractual relationships. Our analysis shows that rigid long-term contracts sacrificing managerial selection may be optimal at early stages of economic development and when access to information is limited. As the economy grows, however, knowledge accumulation increases the return to talent and makes it optimal to adopt flexible contractual relationships, where managerial selection is implemented even at the cost of lower investment. Better institutions, in the form of a richer contracting environment and less severe informational frictions, speed up the transition to short-term relationships.

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  • Bonfiglioli, Alessandra & Gancia, Gino A, 2011. "Growth, Selection and Appropriate Contracts," CEPR Discussion Papers 8462, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    appropriate contracts; appropriate institutions; development; growth; information; selection;
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    JEL classification:

    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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