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Scapegoats and Transparency in Organizations

  • Segendorff, Björn

    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

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    A separating equilibrium in which competent (incompetent) leaders choose competent (incompetent) co-workers is investigated. An outside observer rewards the leader at good policy outcomes. The incompetent co-worker can, at bad outcomes, be used as scapegoat. By assumption, the leader may fail in blaming the scapegoat. Two different assumptions on the outside observer's information set are compared. If she cannot observe a failed attempt, the separating equilibrium exists only if two non-mimicking constraints are met. If she can observe a failed attempt, an additional constraint is added due to the possibility of partial mimicking.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 407.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: 05 Jun 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0407
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