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Friday, April 25, 2014

Buechel & Muehlheusser on Deterrence of Unobservable Misbehavior

Berno Buechel and Gerd Muehlheusser (Bielefeld University - Center for Mathematical Economics and University of Hamburg) have posted Black Sheep or Scapegoats? Implementable Monitoring Policies Under Unobservable Levels of Misbehavior on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

An authority delegates a monitoring task to an agent. It can only observe the number of detected offenders, but neither the monitoring intensity chosen by the agent nor the resulting level of misbehavior. We provide a necessary and sufficient condition for the implementability of monitoring policies. Typically, several monitoring intensities give rise to the same number of detected offenses, and only the minimum of these can be implemented. In equilibrium, a large fraction of potential offenders cannot be deterred.

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