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Is "avoiding being the bearer of bad news" an example of the "principal-agent problem"?

For example: A king designs a bridge, and he unknowingly does a bad job. He asks an engineer for her opinion, but the engineer fears that if she tells the truth, the dictator will be angry with her. ...
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locating specific model from organizational economics

I am trying to find one specific model from organizational economics that I encountered in one of my past classes, but I cant remember the name of the model and google scholar search based on some of ...
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What's the difference between Ex-post Incentive Compatibility and Dominant-Strategy Incentive Compatibility

According to the Wikipedia definition of Dominant-Strategy Incentive Compatibility (DSIC): DSIC means truth-telling is a weakly-dominant strategy, i.e. you fare best or at least not worse by being ...
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Strike time in a game

Suppose A forwards a puzzle to B where if B solves the puzzle within 24 hours then it gets a payoff of M (M>0), if not then it gets nothing i.e. 0. Consider A locks the money with the bank for the ...
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Which mathematics are required for fully understanding the theories of the firm?

When I say "theories of the firm", I'm referring, in particular, to the theories exposed in the next works: 1) Transaction Cost Economics exposed in "Transaction Cost Economics" by ...
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Business models based on things not happening

Could you provide examples of business models, where the service provider gets rewarded for things not happening (or at least not deteriorating). For instance, models where medics get rewarded when ...
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How do economists explain why people contribute to Wikipedia?

What incentives do contributors have? I believe they earn no money. And usually, they earn no reputation either, because most of the contributions are anonymous. I believe this is a public goods game. ...
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What is the meaning of "labor input" in the context of incentive theories?

In the article "Multitask Principal-Agent Analyses: Incentive Contracts, Asset Ownership, and Job Design" (Holmström and Milgrom, 1991) it is said that two identical agents ($i=1,2$) devote ...
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Is there a standard term for this tradeoff when subsidizing: inducing dependence vs providing support?

I've often heard it informally argued "people will become lazy if you give them handouts". Although I doubt the economic sophistication of most such assertions, I do think they have a real point: you ...
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Would search engine spam still be a problem even if every incoming click were to cost money?

Search engine spam can be thought of as any activity that seeks to gain attention for a web page through deceptive means. I suspect that search engine spam is a natural result of profit-maximizing ...
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What is a super deduction?

This is a term often encountered in documents published by the Big Four (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse Coopers, KPMG), for instance in the E&Y 2018 Worldwide R&D Incentives ...
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Incentive compatibilty conditions for multi-item auctions

In this paper by Myerson on optimal single item auctions, the incentive compatibility condition is shown to be equivalent to the following simpler conditions on the auction - (i) the allocation ...
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Has contest theory ever been used to design real-world contests?

Contest theory, very much like auction theory, studies how people act in a contest and the properties of such a competition. There is a large literature that investigates different aspects of the ...
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What are the economics behind web spam?

In this question, I'm referring to "web spam" on search engines (not email spam), such as placing misleading keywords on one's web page so that a pornographic site, for example, would get a lot of ...