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Using Cost Observation to Regulate Bureaucratic Firms

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  • Ana Pinto Borges

    () (Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • João Correia-da-Silva

    () (CEMPRE and Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

Abstract

We study regulation of a bureaucratic provider of a public good in the presence of moral hazard and adverse selection. By bureaucratic we mean that it values output in itself, and not only profit. Three different financing systems are studied - cost reimbursement, prospective payment, and the optimal contract. In all cases, the output level increases with the bureaucratic bias. We find that the optimal contract is linear in cost (fixed payment plus partial cost-reimbursement). A stronger preference for high output reduces the tendency of the firm to announce a high cost (adverse selection), allowing a more powered incentive scheme (a lower fraction of the costs is reimbursed), which alleviates the problem of moral hazard.

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  • Ana Pinto Borges & João Correia-da-Silva, 2008. "Using Cost Observation to Regulate Bureaucratic Firms," FEP Working Papers 304, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  • Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:304
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    1. Ana Pinto Borges & Didier Laussel & João Correia-da-Silva, 2013. "Multidimensional Screening with Complementary Activities: Regulating a Monopolist with Unknown Cost and Unknown Preference for Empire Building," Games, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(3), pages 1-29, September.

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    Keywords

    Procurement; Regulation; Adverse selection; Moral hazard; Bureaucracy;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets

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