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A Note on Strategic Delegation: The Role of Decreasing Returns to Scale

Aitor Ciarreta Antuñano ()

Economics Bulletin, 2009, vol. 29, issue 1, 277-285

Abstract: We build a model of optimal design of managerial incentive schemes when the production technology exhibits decreasing returns to scale and firms compete à la Cournot. We borrow Fershtman and Judd (1987) and Kräkel (2005) framework. We show how there is a dominant strategy for entrepreneurs to delegate output decisions. Results depend on the degree of diseconomies of scale. We demostrate how for a class of parameters, managers may increase profits through delegation, a result that with constant returns does not hold.

JEL-codes: L1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-03-11
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