Computing Moral-Hazard Problems Using the Dantzig-Wolfe Decomposition Algorithm
Working Paper 98-6
Posted: 10 Sep 1998
Date Written: June 1998
Linear programming is an important method for computing solutions to private information problems. The method is applicable for arbitrary specifications of the preferences and technology. Unfortunately, as the cardinality of underlying sets increases the programs quickly become too large to compute. This paper demonstrates that moral-hazard problems have a structure that allows them to be computed using the Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition algorithm. This algorithm breaks the linear program into subproblems, greatly increasing the size of problems that may be practically computed. Connections to dynamic programming are discussed. Two examples arecomputed. Role of lotteries is discussed.
JEL Classification: C63, D82
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