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Organizational Design with Non-Contractible Quality

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  • Seung Han Yoo

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When contracting with an agent who is a worker of non-contractible quality, a principal considers mechanisms with an informed third party, a manager. To induce the manager to report worker quality truthfully, the principal devises the first-order alignment, an aligned contract based on the first-order condition with an interval structure. We show that the mechanism contracting simultaneously with the manager and the agent dominates the optimal "selling the project" mechanism. In addition, we characterize the optimal number of intervals for such an alignment. This dominance, combined with the manager's information acquisition costs, results in three optimal organizational structures: simultaneous contracting, ex ante contracting, or partial revelation. Lastly, we apply this model to explain what may cause the difference in the firm structure across three types of labor market.

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  • Seung Han Yoo, 2016. "Organizational Design with Non-Contractible Quality," Discussion Paper Series 1604, Institute of Economic Research, Korea University.
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    1. Seung Han Yoo, 2016. "Signaling with Two Correlated Characteristics," Discussion Paper Series 1605, Institute of Economic Research, Korea University.
    2. Seung Han Yoo, 2018. "Membership Mechanism," Discussion Paper Series 1804, Institute of Economic Research, Korea University.
    3. Seung Han Yoo, 2017. "Optimal Design for an Informed Auctioneer," Discussion Paper Series 1702, Institute of Economic Research, Korea University.

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    Keywords

    Non-contractible information; First-order alignment; Simultaneous contracting;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law

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