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Optimal Delegation, Review of Economic Studies

Abstract

We analyze the optimal delegation of authority by an uninformed principal to an informed but biased agent. When the principal cannot use message-contingent transfers, she offers the agent a set of decisions from which he can choose his preferred one. We fully characterize the optimal delegation set for general distributions of the state space and preferences with arbitrary continuous state dependent biases. We also provide necessary and sufficient conditions for commonly observed organizational arrangements to be optimal. Finally, we investigate how changes in the economic environment affect the agent's discretion.

Type

Article

Author(s)

Ricardo Alonso, Niko Matouschek

Date Published

2008

Citations

Alonso, Ricardo, and Niko Matouschek. 2008. Optimal Delegation. Review of Economic Studies. 75(1): 259-293.

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