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Moral Hazard Contracts: Does One Size Fit All?

  • Koch, Alexander K.


    (Aarhus University)

  • Peyrache, Eloic


    (HEC Paris)

Incentive theory predicts that contract terms should respond to differences in agents’ productivities. Firms’ practice of anonymous contracts thus appears puzzling. We show that such a “one-size-fits-all” approach can be reconciled with standard agency theory if careers are marked by frequent transitions between employers, and agents have career concerns because complete long-term contracts are not feasible.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2463.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters , 2008, 100 (3), 399-401.
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2463
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