Articles

Collusion and the organization of delegated expertise

D. GROMB, D. MARTIMORT

Journal of Economic Theory

November 2007, vol. 137, n°1, pp.271-299

Departments: GREGHEC (CNRS)

Keywords: Expertise; Organization; Collusion


We study the optimal design of incentive contracts for experts in different collusion environments, and explore implications for the organization of delegated expertise. We consider a principal relying on experts to gather and report two signals about a project's value. The principal can have a single expert gather both signals or two experts gather one signal each. We show that absent collusion, the multiexpert organization dominates the single expert organization. However, this ranking is reversed when the experts can collude among themselves (horizontal collusion) and with the principal (vertical collusion).


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