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Flexible contracts

Piero Gottardi (), Jean-Marc Tallon () and Paolo Ghirardato ()
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Jean-Marc Tallon: CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics

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Abstract: This paper studies the costs and benefits of delegating decisions to superiorly informed agents relative to the use of rigid, non discretionary contracts. The main focus of the paper lies in the analysis of the costs of delegation, primarily agency costs, versus their benefits, primarily the flexibility of the action choice. We first determine and characterize the properties of the optimal flexible contract. We then show that the higher the agents's degree of risk aversion, the higher is the agency costs of delegation and the less profitable a flexible contract relative to a rigid one. When the parties to not have sharp probability beliefs, the agent's degree of imprecision aversion introduces another agency cost, which again reduces the relative profitability of flexible contracts.

Keywords: imprecision aversion; multiple priors; flexibility; agency costs; Délégation; flexibilité; coût d'agence; croyances multiples; aversion pour l'imprécision (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-06
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Published in 2011

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