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Moral Hazard

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  • Francesco Squintani

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When a principal and an agent operate with simple contracts, at equilibrium, renegotiation will occur after the action is taken. Also, since renegotiation makes incentive contracts non-credible, the principal may prefer non-renegotiable monitoring options. Current literature does not fully reconcile these predictions with the observation of simple non-renegotiated incentive contracts. We model a principal-agent interaction in a social learning framework, and assume that when renegotiation is not observed, players may forget its feasibility, with infinitesimal probability. The unique stable state of our model predicts that the second-best simple incentive contracts occur with non-negligible positive frequency.

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  • Francesco Squintani, 1999. "Moral Hazard," Discussion Papers 1269, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
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