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Ambiguity, Agency Relationships and Adverse Selection

  • Gérard Mondello

This paper applies recent results and advances in the field of ambiguity theory to adverse selection in a delegation process. Our results are the following ones: i) a relevant second-best contract induces no production distortion considering the efficient agent. This alike to the standard case. But the principal will pay him an higher information rent compared the standard case; ii) This is due to the level of transfer paid to the inefficient agent which is higher than under the complete information system (i.e. the first best…); The above results are reached when the agent has neither fully optimistic nor optimistic beliefs. When, he feels an extreme feeling then, the information rent and second best transfers are inside bounds similar to the SEU case; iv) as a consequence, the principal has to adopt a flexible behavior consisting in acquiring new information for becoming either entirely optimistic or pessimistic to minimize transfers and information rent in the proposed delegation contract.

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