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Contracts and Inequity Aversion

Florian Englmaier () and Achim Wambach ()

No 809, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: Using the concept of Inequity Aversion we derive in a Moral Hazard setting several results which differ from conventional contract theory. Our three key insights are: First, inequity aversion plays a crucial role in the design of optimal contracts. Second, there is a strong tendency towards linear sharing rules, giving a simple and plausible rationale for the prevalence of these schemes in the real world. Third, the Sufficient Statistics result no longer holds as optimal contracts may be ”too” complete. Along with these key insights we derive a couple of further results.

Keywords: contract theory; linear contracts; incentives; sufficient statistics result; inequity aversion; fairness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 J30 M12 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
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