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Delegation and incentives

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  • Bester, Helmut
  • Krähmer, Daniel

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This paper analyses the relation between authority and incentives. It extends the standard principal / agent model by a project selection stage in which the principal can either delegate the choice of project to the agent or keep the authority. The agent's subsequent choice of e ort depends both on monetary incentives and the selected project. We nd that the consideration of e ort incentives makes the principal less likely to delegate the authority over projects to the agent. In fact, if the agent is protected by limited liability, delegation is never optimal.

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  • Bester, Helmut & Krähmer, Daniel, 2006. "Delegation and incentives," Discussion Papers 2007/1, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
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    Keywords

    Authority; delegation; incentives; moral hazard; principal / agent problem; limited liability;
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    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty

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