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Managerial accountability under yardstick competition


  • Giuranno, Michele G.
  • Scrimitore, Marcella
  • Stamatopoulos, Giorgos


Two well-known mechanisms for enhancing managers' accountability are yardstick competition and internal monitoring. Yardstick competition puts managers in direct competition when firms make decisions for re-appointment (Tirole, 2006). Monitoring is used by firms to detect managers' rent-seeking activities. While common wisdom suggests that the joint use of the two means would reinforce each other in promoting managers’ good practices, we find that their interplay distorts managers' behavior who may end up acting in a less accountable way. Furthermore, differences in monitoring across firms bias that distortion, yielding even more counterintuitive results.

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  • Giuranno, Michele G. & Scrimitore, Marcella & Stamatopoulos, Giorgos, 2019. "Managerial accountability under yardstick competition," MPRA Paper 92867, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:92867

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    1. Jean Tirole, 2006. "The Theory of Corporate Finance," Post-Print hal-00173191, HAL.
    2. Di Liddo, Giuseppe & Giuranno, Michele G., 2016. "Asymmetric yardstick competition and municipal cooperation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 141(C), pages 64-66.
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    Tullock context success function; rent seeking; managerial discretion;

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    • M21 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - Business Economics


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