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Job Design and the Benefits of Private Trade

  • Pablo Casas-Arce
  • Santhi Hejeebu
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    We reconsider the job design theory of Holmstrom and Milgrom (1991), to include career concerns considerations. When reputations are considered, discretion may play a more integral part of the incentive scheme. It can be a useful instrument to enhance incentives and prevent the adverse selection of low ability agents. We then show that these synergies are useful in explaining the employment of U.S. faculty members and the employment of agents in the English East India Company, an historically important firm.

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    Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 204.

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    Date of creation: 01 Sep 2004
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