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The Politics of Compromise

Alessandro Bonatti () and Heikki Rantakari

No 9910, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: A team must select among competing projects that differ in their payoff consequences for its members. Each agent chooses a project and exerts costly effort affecting its random completion time. When one or more projects are complete, agents bargain over which one to implement. A consensus requirement can (but need not) induce the efficient balance between compromise in project selection and equilibrium effort. Imposing deadlines for presenting counteroffers is beneficial, while delegating decision-making to an impartial third party leads agents to select extreme projects. Finally, hiring agents with opposed interests can foster both effort and compromise in project selection.

Keywords: bargaining; compromise; conflict; consensus; deadlines; free-riding (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 D71 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-gth, nep-mic, nep-pol and nep-ppm
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