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Auditing and property rights

  • Elisabetta Iossa
  • Patrick Legros

Third-party audit provides incentives to an agent whose actions affect the value of an asset. When audit intensity and outcome are unverifiable, we show that with interim-participation constraints the optimal mechanism may use only the auditor's report, disregarding the agent's information. Furthermore, the auditor obtains the asset and the agent a monetary compensation, when a high asset value is reported. This suggests regulating renewable resources or utility networks by giving entrants the option to buy the right to use the asset at a predetermined price, and financially rewarding incumbents for good performance.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/7028.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Publication status: Published in: RAND Journal of Economics (2004) v.35 n° 2,p.356-372
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/7028
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