Simple Contracts, Renegotiation Under Asymmetric Information, and the Hold-Up Problem

Posted: 7 Jun 2001

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Patrick W. Schmitz

University of Cologne; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Abstract

In this article it is demonstrated that voluntary bargaining over a collective decision under asymmetric information may well lead to ex post efficiency if the default decision is non-trivial. It is argued that the default decision may be interpreted as a "simple" contract that the parties have written ex ante. This result is used in order to show that simple unconditional contracts which are renegotiated may allow the hold-up problem to be solved, even if the parties' valuations are private information.

Keywords: Contract theory, private information, hold-up problem

Suggested Citation

Schmitz, Patrick W., Simple Contracts, Renegotiation Under Asymmetric Information, and the Hold-Up Problem. European Economic Review, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 169-188, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=272331

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