Thiele, Veikko (2007): Task-Specific Abilities in Multi-Task Agency Relations.
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This paper analyzes a multi-task agency framework where the agent exhibits task-specific abilities. Besides investigating the appendant consequences of applying incongruent performance measures in incentive contracts, this paper demonstrates how the provision of incentives - including the optimal aggregation of information - takes the agent's task-specific abilities into consideration. It further emphasizes the relation between job characteristics and the principal's preference for selecting specific agents. This paper essentially demonstrates that differences in task-specific abilities across agents can provide a supplementary explanation of why they are allocated to various jobs; or why they receive different incentive contracts, even if their jobs are identical.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||University of British Columbia|
|Original Title:||Task-Specific Abilities in Multi-Task Agency Relations|
|Keywords:||Task-specific human capital; performance measurement; distortion; multi-task agencies; congruence; incentives|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D23 - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D82 - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
|Depositing User:||Veikko Thiele|
|Date Deposited:||01. Apr 2007|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 18:47|
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