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The problem of the principal-agent and promotion tournaments in religious organizations: choosing the next pope


  • Oliveira, Livio Luiz Soares de
  • Neto, Giácomo Balbinotto


This paper shows an application of Promotion Tournaments to religious organizations, which is appropriate, especially in the case of highly ranked institutions such as the Catholic Church. With this objective, we seek to verify the suitability of the use Tournaments in religious organizations, regarding the optimal structure of contracts in order to select, as well as, to promote clerics. Two models are addressed, modified from the originals, through the inclusion of psychic income, both with two clerics with homogeneous skills. Finally, we discuss the advantages and limitations of the Tournaments applied to religious organizations, including its risks and distortions therein.

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  • Oliveira, Livio Luiz Soares de & Neto, Giácomo Balbinotto, 2013. "The problem of the principal-agent and promotion tournaments in religious organizations: choosing the next pope," MPRA Paper 44610, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44610

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    1. Ehrenberg, Ronald G & Bognanno, Michael L, 1990. "Do Tournaments Have Incentive Effects?," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 98(6), pages 1307-1324, December.
    2. Charles Zech, 2001. "An agency analysis of church-pastor relations," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(6), pages 327-332.
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    Religious Organizations; Catholic Church; Tournaments;

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    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods

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