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Repeated Contracting in Decentralised Markets

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  • Ghosh, Sambuddha
  • Han, Seungjin

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We consider a model where multiple principals repeatedly offer short-term contracts to three or more agents with private information. Under low discounting there exists a simple class of mechanisms that sustains all equilibrium allocations that could be generated by arbitrarily complex mechanisms. This equivalence result leads to a simple algorithm for computing equilibrium payoffs; this contrasts with the one-shot setting, where closed form expressions of such payoffs do not exist. Endogenous monitoring by agents weakens incentive compatibility relative to one-shot contracting; this lowers minmax values, expanding the set of equilibrium payoffs.

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  • Ghosh, Sambuddha & Han, Seungjin, 2012. "Repeated Contracting in Decentralised Markets," Microeconomics.ca working papers seungjin_han-2012-12, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 02 May 2013.
  • Handle: RePEc:ubc:pmicro:seungjin_han-2012-12
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    Keywords

    relational contracts; repeated contracting; competing mechanisms; folk theorems; endogenous monitoring;

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    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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