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  • Rohan Pitchford


It is well known in the theoretical literature on deregulation, that any informative signal will be used to give the firm appropriate incentives. This paper presents a model of deregulation that draws on the multi-task model of Holmstrom and Milgrom (1991). Sufficient conditions are derived for deregulation to be optimal despite the existence of a signal that contains information about the firm’s activity. The conditions ensure that there is an adverse response by the firm whenever the regulator tries to use the signal for incentives.

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  • Rohan Pitchford, 2001. "Deregulation," International and Development Economics Working Papers idec01-9, International and Development Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:idc:wpaper:idec01-9

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    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights

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