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Risk, Delegation, and Project Scope

  • Roider, Andreas

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    (University of Regensburg)

This paper studies a partial-contracting model where an agent may provide effort to increase a project’s scope before some later decisions have to be taken. Consistent with existing empirical evidence, we find a positive relationship between exogenous risk and delegation. That is, we show that only if exogenous risk is sufficiently large, the risk-neutral principal may prefer to delegate authority over decisions to the risk-averse agent. Intuitively, for incentive reasons, the principal may optimally want to allow the agent to reduce his risk exposure. Nevertheless, even endogenous risk may be higher when the risk-averse agent has control.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3117.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3117
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