Working paper

Payoff Implications of Incentive Contracting

Daniel F. Garrett


In the context of a canonical agency model, we study the payo implications of introducing optimally-structured incentives. We do so from the perspective of an analyst who does not know the agent's preferences for responding to incentives, but does knowthat the principal knows them. We provide, in particular, tight bounds on the principal's expected benet from optimal incentive contracting across feasible values of the agent's expected rents. We thus show how economically relevant predictions can be made robustly given ignorance of a key primitive.


asymmetric information, mechanism design, robustness, procurement;

JEL codes

  • D82: Asymmetric and Private Information • Mechanism Design


Daniel F. Garrett, Payoff Implications of Incentive Contracting, TSE Working Paper, n. 20-1140, September 2020.

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TSE Working Paper, n. 20-1140, September 2020