Information Elicitation and Influenza Vaccine Production
42 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2012 Last revised: 18 Nov 2014
Date Written: July 2, 2013
We explore the procurement of influenza vaccines by a government whose objective is to minimize the expected social costs (including vaccine, vaccine administration, and influenza treatment costs) when a for-profit vaccine supplier has production yield uncertainty, private information about its productivity (adverse selection) and potentially unverifiable production effort (moral hazard). Timeliness is important – costs for both the supplier and the government procurer may increase if part of the vaccine order is delivered after a scheduled delivery date. We theoretically derive the optimal menu of output-based contracts to minimize information rent, and numerically identify key drivers of that information rent. We also present a novel way to eliminate that information rent if the manufacturer’s effort is also verifiable, a counter intuitive result because the manufacturer has private productivity information. This provides an upper bound on how much a government should spend to monitor the manufacturer’s effort.
Keywords: Supply Chain, Incentive Design, Health Care, Epidemiology, Procurement, Public Good
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