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Menu Theorems for Bilateral Contracting

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This paper studies the bilateral contracting environment where multiple principals negotiate contracts with multiple agents independently. It is shown that equilibrium allocations associated with (pure strategy) perfect Bayesian equilibria relative to any ad hoc set of negotiation schemes can be supported by pure strategy perfect Bayesian equilibria relative to the set of menus. It is also shown that equilibrium allocations associated with all perfect Bayesian equilibria relative to any ad hoc set of negotiation schemes can be supported by correlated equilibria relative to the set of menus, where the set of states is simply the set of feasible probability distributions over payoff-relevant variables. Moreover, equilibrium allocations associated with all equilibria relative to the set of menus persist even if principals use more complex negotiation schemes.

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  • Han, Seungjin, 2004. "Menu Theorems for Bilateral Contracting," Microeconomics.ca working papers han-04-01-29-10-05-13, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 29 Jan 2004.
  • Handle: RePEc:ubc:pmicro:han-04-01-29-10-05-13
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    Keywords

    Mechanism Design; Bilateral Contracting; Mutliple Principals; Multiple Agents;
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    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • C79 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Other

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