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Common agency with informed principals

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  • Martimort, David
  • Moreira, Humberto Ataíde

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We analyze a common agency game under asymmetric information on the preferences of the non-cooperating principals in a public good context. Asymmetric information introduces incentive compatibility constraints which rationalize the requirement of truthfulness made in the earlier literature on common agency games under complete information. There exists a large class of differentiable equilibria which are ex post inefficient and exhibit free-riding. We then characterize some interim efficient equilibria. Finally, there exists also a unique equilibrium allocation which is robust to random perturbations. This focal equilibrium is characterized for any distribution of types.

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  • Martimort, David & Moreira, Humberto Ataíde, 2004. "Common agency with informed principals," FGV/EPGE Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 551, FGV/EPGE - Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
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