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Stochastic Mechanisms and Quasi-Linear Preferences

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  • Schottmuller, C.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

  • Boone, J.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

Abstract

Abstract: Many optimal contracting papers use quasi-linear preferences. To exclude stochastic mechanisms they impose a (sufficient) condition on how the curvature of an agent's objective function varies with type. We show with quasi-linear preferences that an optimal deterministic outcome without bunching implies that stochastic mechanisms are not optimal (without any additional assumptions).

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  • Schottmuller, C. & Boone, J., 2012. "Stochastic Mechanisms and Quasi-Linear Preferences," Discussion Paper 2012-047, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiucen:444d6df2-1c12-4efe-94df-45f014115956
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    Keywords

    stochastic mechanisms; contract theory; quasi-linear preferences;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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