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Asymmetric information allocation to avoid coordination failure

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  • MORIYA, Fumitoshi
  • YAMASHITA, Takuro

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This study addresses optimal information allocation in team production. We present a unique implementation problem of desirable effort levels and show that, under certain conditions, it is optimal to asymmetrically inform the agents even if they are ex ante symmetric. The main intuition is that the asymmetric information allocation is effective in avoiding "bad" equilibria, that is, equilibria with coordination failure. This analysis provides an explanation as to why informing agents asymmetrically might be beneficial in improving the agents' coordination behaviors.

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  • MORIYA, Fumitoshi & YAMASHITA, Takuro, 2015. "Asymmetric information allocation to avoid coordination failure," Discussion paper series HIAS-E-18, Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hit:hiasdp:hias-e-18
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    Keywords

    Moral hazard; Unique implementation; Asymmetric information;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law

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