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  • Johannes Horner

    (Yale University)

  • Alessandro Bonatti

    (Yale University)


We find that sequential division of labor and deadlines help alleviate the free rider problem. Conversely,indivisibility of tasks, the number of partners, and asymmetries between agents are shown to increase the expected time to completion. The model may be applied to academic co-authorship, as well as to research and development joint ventures.

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  • Johannes Horner & Alessandro Bonatti, 2009. "Collaborating," 2009 Meeting Papers 1019, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed009:1019

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    1. Nicolas Klein, 2009. "Free-Riding And Delegation In Research Teams," 2009 Meeting Papers 253, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness


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