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The Virtue of Being Underestimated: A Note on Discriminatory Contracts in Hidden Information Models


  • Schnedler, Wendelin

    () (University of Paderborn)


A standard hidden information model is considered to study the influence of the a priori productivity distribution on the optimal contract. A priori more productive (hazard rate dominant) agents work less, enjoy lower rents, but generate a higher expected surplus.

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  • Schnedler, Wendelin, 2001. "The Virtue of Being Underestimated: A Note on Discriminatory Contracts in Hidden Information Models," IZA Discussion Papers 342, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp342

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    1. Nahum D. Melumad & Dilip Mookherjee & Stefan Reichelstein, 1995. "Hierarchical Decentralization of Incentive Contracts," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 26(4), pages 654-672, Winter.
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    1. Wendelin Schnedler, 2011. "You Don't Always Get What You Pay For: Bonuses, Perceived Income and Effort," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 12(1), pages 1-10, February.

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    stochastic order relation; statistical discrimination; Adverse selection;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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