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Modeling collusion as an informed principal problem

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  • Lucia Quesada

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In this paper we address the question of collusion in mechanisms under asymmetric information by assuming that one of the colluding parties offers a side contract to the other one. We develop a methodology to analyze collusion as an informed principal problem. We show that if collusion occurs after the agents accept or reject the principal’s offer, the dominant-strategy implementation of the optimal contract without collusion is collusion proof. In the second part of the paper, we look at a different timing, assuming that the agents’ decision to accept or reject the principal’s offer is taken after collusion, so the agents share their private information before accepting the principal’s offer. On the other hand, we assume that the collusion offer includes a punishment strategy, to be used whenever the other agent rejects the side contract. We establish the conditions that have to be satisfied for a contract to be collusion proof and we show that the optimal contract without collusion is no longer collusion proof. The optimal collusion proof contract is asymmetric, both in transfers and in quantities.

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  • Lucia Quesada, 2003. "Modeling collusion as an informed principal problem," Game Theory and Information 0304002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:0304002
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    Keywords

    Collusion Informed principal Mechanism design;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production

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